• IPA: /ˈsiːmli/

seemly (comparative seemlier, superlative seemliest)

  1. (of behavior) Appropriate; suited to the occasion or purpose; becoming.
    His behavior was seemly, as befits a gentleman.
    • 1613, William Shakespeare; [John Fletcher], “The Famous History of the Life of King Henry the Eight”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act III, scene i]:
      I am a woman, lacking wit / To make a seemly answer to such persons.
    • Suspense of judgment and exercise of charity were safer and seemlier for Christian men than the hot pursuit of these controversies.
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  1. Appropriately, fittingly.
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, II.i:
      The great earthes wombe they open to the sky, / And with sad Cypresse seemely it embraue [...].

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