Definition of propriety:

part of speech: noun

Ownership or possession; now, state of being right or proper; appropriateness; conformity to established rules or customs; decorum.

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The loadstone, which has the property of attracting iron, and of pointing to the poles when freely suspended; a bar of steel, to which the properties of the loadstone are imparted by contact; any piece of iron rendered powerfully attractive by a galvanic current; any powerful attraction. ...