Probity vs improbity

  • Probity and improbity are antonyms. Antonyms are two or more words that have opposing meanings. We will examine the definitions of probity and improbity, where these terms came from and some examples of their use in sentences.


    Probity means having strong moral principles, being honest and full of integrity. To have probity means one is trustworthy and of a high moral character. The word probity is derived from the Latin word probitas which means honesty and uprightness.


    Improbity means lacking honesty and integrity, lacking strong moral principles. To have improbity means one is untrustworthy and of low moral character. Probity and improbity are antonyms. The word improbity is derived from probitas meaning honest and uprightness, and the prefix im- meaning not.


    It added that reforming the electoral system for upholding the highest traditions of probity and morality in public life must be done. (The Business Standard)

    Consequently, he declared the officials had violated Article 10 of the Constitution that explicitly and robustly commits leaders to probity. (The Daily Nation)

    The Supreme Court on Monday wondered as to how convicted persons, who are barred from electoral politics, can decide candidates in polls and ensure maintenance of probity in public life. (The Free Press Journal)

    Corruption and improbity are suspected in the holders of public office and bring them into trouble with the law. (The Jerusalem Post)

    As the 18th century British philosopher Jeremy Bentham neatly put it, open justice is the “keenest spur to exertion and the surest of all guards against improbity”. (The Guardian)

    He noted that publicity is the very soul of justice and the surest of all the guards against improbity. (The Liberian Observer)

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