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  • The quality of having strong moral principles; honesty and decency.

    ‘financial probity’
    • ‘The Qur'an does not clearly define any of these categories, but presumes a certain amount of moral probity on part of the reader.’
    • ‘Since he first gained national prominence 25 years ago as an earnest left-wing firebrand, his name has been a byword for probity and decency.’
    • ‘The many achievements of Scottish insurance companies are witness to the talent within them and the high standards of integrity and probity they employ.’
    • ‘We want all persons in Bahamian public life to act with probity, decorum, honesty and forthrightness.’
    • ‘This they seem to regard as a mighty temple of moral probity and rhetorical genius.’
    integrity, honesty, uprightness, decency, morality, rectitude, goodness, virtue, right-mindedness, trustworthiness, truthfulness, honour, honourableness, justice, fairness, equity
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/ˈprōbədē/ /ˈproʊbədi/


Late Middle English from Latin probitas, from probus ‘good’.