decency

[ dee-suhn-see ]
/ ˈdi sən si /

noun, plural de·cen·cies.

the state or quality of being decent.
conformity to the recognized standard of propriety, good taste, modesty, etc.
decencies,
  1. the recognized standards of decent or proper behavior; proprieties: The least you can expect from them is some respect for the decencies.
  2. the requirements or amenities for decent or comfortable living: to be able to afford the decencies.

Origin of decency

1560–70; < Latin decentia comeliness, decency, equivalent to decent- (stem of decēns) fitting (see decent) + -ia noun suffix

SYNONYMS FOR decency

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British Dictionary definitions for decencies (1 of 2)

decencies

/ (ˈdiːsənsɪz) /

pl n

the decencies those things that are considered necessary for a decent life
standards of behaviour considered correct by polite society; proprieties

British Dictionary definitions for decencies (2 of 2)

decency

/ (ˈdiːsənsɪ) /

noun plural -cies

conformity to the prevailing standards of propriety, morality, modesty, etc
the quality of being decent
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