Adjective "seemly" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Conforming to accepted notions of propriety or good taste; decorous.
  1. 'They've won accolades for their educational booklets, and produced a video and pamphlets for clients as well, guiding them through safe and seemly behaviour.'
  2. 'As soon as she judged it seemly, she went to him - but here he was, coming to her.'
  3. 'The show is about voyeurism, but let's keep it seemly.'
  4. 'Also, my tenants have sometimes been trying to push their bikes through the front door and have met old ladies going out the other way, which is viewed as not quite seemly.'
  5. 'For most practical purposes the exclusion is one of form, not substance, and is based on local cultural notions of what is seemly.'
  6. 'It must be conducted in a seemly way and, so far as I am concerned, it has been.'
  7. 'It can allow one person to contribute a larger share of the ideas than would be seemly in conversation.'
  8. 'My departure was seemly enough, but I must admit it wasn't well thought out.'
  9. '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.'
  10. '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?'


1. fitting or becoming with respect to propriety or good taste; decent; decorous: Your outburst of rage was hardly seemly.

2. suitable or appropriate; fitting: a seemly gesture.

3. of pleasing appearance; handsome. adverb

4. in a seemly manner; fittingly; becomingly.

More examples(as adjective)

"stories can be seemly for people."

"yeses can be seemly."

"stories can be seemly."

"silences can be seemly."

"sides can be seemly."

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Middle English: from Old Norse sœmiligr, from soemr ‘fitting’ (see seem).