[ dee-suhn-see ]
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noun,plural de·cen·cies.
  1. the state or quality of being decent.

  2. conformity to the recognized standard of propriety, good taste, modesty, etc.

  1. decencies,

    • the recognized standards of decent or proper behavior; proprieties: The least you can expect from them is some respect for the decencies.

    • 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

Other words for decency

Words Nearby decency Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

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British Dictionary definitions for decency


/ (ˈdiːsənsɪ) /

nounplural -cies
  1. conformity to the prevailing standards of propriety, morality, modesty, etc

  2. the quality of being decent

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