- Conforming to accepted notions of propriety or good taste; decorous: I felt it was not seemly to observe too closelyMore example sentences
- For most practical purposes the exclusion is one of form, not substance, and is based on local cultural notions of what is seemly.
- The Marriage Act of 1995 extended the range of places which could be licensed for the conduct of marriage to any location which was appropriately seemly and dignified.
- In other words, didn't our notions of professional loyalty suggest a seemly bit of time between service to a president and exposure of his flaws?
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- For an institution whose culture has been built on order and seemliness, it is deeply distressing to learn of serious flaws and even criminal activity within its fold.
- There is a sort of seemliness by which you can live your life without having great moral principles.
- Hundreds die everyday without the seemliness of a proper investigation since there is never anyone to care.
Middle English: from Old Norse sœmiligr, from sœmr 'fitting' (see seem).