Definitions

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  • n. The property of being seemly, appropriateness of conduct or behavior.
  • n. The result or product of being seemly.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quality or state of being seemly: comeliness; propriety.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Seemly character, appearance, or bearing; comeliness; grace; beautiful appearance or bearing; fitness; propriety; decency; decorum.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a sense of propriety and consideration for others

Etymologies

From seemly +‎ -ness (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Yet, while on a level with males as to the offer of, and standing in grace (Ga 3: 28), their subjection in point of order, modesty, and seemliness, is to be maintained.

    Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

  • Stephen Hemsley was grilled last week about the seemliness of profits with the ink barely dry on the new law.

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  • The Treatise veers between the insecure pompousness and pompous insecurity of a man who dons bling on dirty fingers and then sets out to create the urtext of social seemliness.

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  • And (the relator continueth) as for Kanmakan, he became unique in loveliness and excelling in perfection no less; none could even him in qualities as in seemliness and the sheen of velour between his eyes was espied, testifying for him while against him it never testified.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • So she followed him into the presence of Naomi, whom she saluted after the godliest and goodliest fashion, and, when she looked on her, she was confounded at her exceeding seemliness and said to her, “O my lady, I commend thee to the safeguard of Allah, who made thee and thy lord fellows in beauty and loveliness!”

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • This Minister, who was a very old man, had two sons, as they were two moons; never man saw the like of them for beauty and grace, the elder called Shams al-Din Mohammed and the younger Nur al-Din Ali; but the younger excelled the elder in seemliness and pleasing semblance, so that folk heard his fame in far countries and men flocked to Egypt for the purpose of seeing him.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • She was robed in the costliest of raiment and decked with ornaments the most precious that could be and withal she was of passing beauty and loveliness, a model of symmetry and seemliness, of elegance and perfect grace, with waist slender and hips heavy and dewy lips such as heal the sick and eyelids lovely in their languor, as it were she of whom the sayer spake when he said,

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • He replied, “O Vicar of Allah, these be no dogs, but two young men, endowed with beauty and seemliness, symmetry and shapeliness, and they are my brothers and the sons of my father and mother.”

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • Mr. Justice Collins was the judge and the case was conducted at first with the outward seemliness and propriety which are so peculiarly English.

    Oscar Wilde, His Life and Confessions

  • Let us leave the morality or seemliness of this argument aside, for one moment.

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  • These people walked upon a tightrope of seemliness and propriety. - ''Yashima, or, The Gorgeous West'' by R T Sherwood, 1931.

    December 24, 2008