Definition of seemly in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈsēmlē/


Conforming to accepted notions of propriety or good taste; decorous: I felt it was not seemly to observe too closely
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  • 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?
decorous, proper, decent, becoming, fitting, suitable, appropriate, apt, apposite, in good taste, genteel, polite, the done thing, right, correct, acceptable, comme il faut



Pronunciation: /ˈsēmlēnəs/
Example sentences
  • 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).

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Syllabification: seem·ly

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