noun, plural de·cen·cies.
Origin of decency
Synonyms for decency
Related Words for decenciesdignity, modesty, honesty, decorum, civility, correctness, righteousness, propriety, courtesy, virtue, formality, etiquette, fitness, seemliness, appropriateness, respectability, conventionality
Examples from the Web for decencies
Historical Examples of decencies
One must preserve the decencies of life; one must make a good appearance in the field!The Long Roll
All the decencies in the world should sink before he thought her a traitor.The Coast of Chance
Virtue she finds too painful an endeavour, Content to dwell in decencies for ever.Essay on Man
No reasons can justify such an extraordinary breach of all the—the decencies.Bob, Son of Battle
Chesterton bases his case on decencies, but they are not the decencies that matter.G. K. Chesterton, A Critical Study
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.