1. complete and confirmed integrity
; having strong moral principles
; - Example: "in a world where financial probity may not be widespread"- Example: "he enjoys an exaggerated reputation for probity"
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Probity \Prob"i*ty\, n. [F. probit['e], fr. L. probitas, fr.
probus good, proper, honest. Cf. Prove.]
Tried virtue or integrity; approved moral excellence;
honesty; rectitude; uprightness. "Probity of mind." --Pope.
Syn: Probity, Integrity.
Usage: Probity denotes unimpeachable honesty and virtue,
shown especially by the performance of those
obligations, called imperfect, which the laws of the
state do not reach, and can not enforce. Integrity
denotes a whole-hearted honesty, and especially that
which excludes all injustice that might favor one's
self. It has a peculiar reference to uprightness in
mutual dealings, transfer of property, and the
execution of trusts for others.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: complete and confirmed integrity; having strong moral
principles; "in a world where financial probity may not be
widespread"; "he enjoys an exaggerated reputation for
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
25 Moby Thesaurus words for "probity":
angelicalness, decency, equity, fairness, godliness, goodness,
honesty, honor, integrity, justice, justness, moral rectitude,
morale, morality, rectitude, right conduct, righteousness,
rightness, saintlikeness, saintliness, sincerity, trustworthiness,
uprightness, virtue, virtuousness
Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):
PROBITY. Justice, honesty. A man of probity is one who loves justice and
honesty, and who dislikes the contrary. Wolff, Dr. de la Nat. Sec. 772.