Propriety is following what is socially acceptable in speech and behavior. If you are someone who cares about always doing the right and proper thing, your friends might accuse you of being obsessed with propriety and beg you to loosen up.

In the Victorian Age, both sexes had well-defined roles and were expected to exercise self-restraint. Except for the men. Everyone looked the other way when they went out on benders. Their wives at home however, were so confined by the era's standards of propriety that if a woman so much as referred to the fact that she was pregnant, everyone would cover their mouths and gasp. She'd committed an impropriety.

Definitions of propriety

n correct or appropriate behavior

correctitude, properness
improperness, impropriety
an improper demeanor
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decorousness, decorum
propriety in manners and conduct
appropriateness, rightness
appropriate conduct; doing the right thing
the quality of conformity to social expectations
good form
behavior that conforms to social conventions of the time
priggishness, primness
exaggerated and arrogant properness
modesty, reserve
formality and propriety of manner
grace, seemliness
a sense of propriety and consideration for others
the quality of conforming to standards of propriety and morality
faultlessness, impeccability
the quality of being without an error or fault
political correctitude, political correctness
avoidance of expressions or actions that can be perceived to exclude or marginalize or insult people who are socially disadvantaged or discriminated against
the trait of behaving with reserve and decorum
the quality of being becoming
modestness, modesty
freedom from vanity or conceit
Type of:
behavior, behaviour, conduct, demeanor, demeanour, deportment
(behavioral attributes) the way a person behaves toward other people

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