noun, plural de·cen·cies.
Origin of decency
Examples from the Web for decencies
For he had no small gift of leadership, and he cared a good deal that it should count for the decencies of high-school life.John Wesley, Jr.|Dan B. Brummitt
They are aware of some decencies, but not so deeply aware as to make them a matter of conscience.Passages From The American Notebooks, Volume 2|Nathaniel Hawthorne
Here at the front door the decencies of leave-taking were observed.Berry And Co.|Dornford Yates
The mail and express served politics and intellect; the freighters provided the comforts and decencies of life.The Last American Frontier|Frederic L. (Frederic Logan) Paxson
One must preserve the decencies of life; one must make a good appearance in the field!The Long Roll|Mary Johnston
noun plural -cies
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.