- the state or quality of being decent.
- conformity to the recognized standard of propriety, good taste, modesty, etc.
Origin of decency
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Examples from the Web for decency
Indeed, they view us as children who can never adhere to the standards of civility and decency to which they hold other groups.Dear White People: Well-Meaning Paternalism Is Still Racist
December 9, 2014
And equal to Bunning in decency, honesty, fullness of thought, and forwardly straight talk was Rick Robinson.Up to a Point: In Defense of Lobbyists
P. J. O’Rourke
October 25, 2014
Faith is decency… if I were a cow I would be wearing a bra.Beirut Letter: In Lebanon, Fighting ISIS With Culture and Satire
September 22, 2014
And decency is our great, guiding strength as we face such monstrous foes as ISIS.From ISIS Videos to JLaw Nudes, When Is Looking Abetting Evil?
September 3, 2014
You just have to find that yin of decency and locate the gestures and words that smother the yang of fear.Why the Border Bigots Are Beating Obama
July 9, 2014
"Nothing but decency," he answered; and she had her reply ready for that.Alice Adams
Out of decency he turned his back upon him, hurrying his task to an end.Murder Point
The offender must not be found out; decency, if not morality, must be respected.Laws
I must have had a glimmer of reason then, a trace of decency and unselfishness.Kent Knowles: Quahaug
Joseph C. Lincoln
What's a parcel of yelling Come-Outers compared to the decency of this town?Keziah Coffin
Joseph C. Lincoln
- conformity to the prevailing standards of propriety, morality, modesty, etc
- the quality of being decent
Word Origin and History for decency
1560s, "appropriateness," from Latin decentia "comeliness, decency," from decentem "becoming, fitting" (see decent). Meaning "modesty" (i.e. "appropriateness to standards of society") is from 1630s.