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Definition of "seemly" [seem•ly]

  • Conforming to standards of conduct and good taste; suitable: seemly behavior. (adjective)
  • Of pleasing appearance; handsome. (adjective)
  • In a seemly manner; suitably. (adverb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "seemly" in a sentence
  • "I mean, they fought reporting on Lewisnky until Drudge forced their hand--but once he had forced their hand, it was an orgy of coverage along with a lot of self-flagellation about whether the orgy of coverage was seemly, which is something you don't see when it doesn't fit the left-leaning narrative."
  • "She was unveiled; indeed it was her immodest habit to go naked of face more often than was seemly, which is but the least of the many undesirable infidel ways which had survived her induction into the Faith of Islam -- a necessary step before"
  • "But he was never free from solitary vice; he secretly envied those who had occasions for coitus in what I may call a seemly and cleanly manner, friends in the country with farm girls, etc., of whom he had heard."