decency

[dee-suhn-see]

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.

Nearby words

  1. decemvir,
  2. decemvirate,
  3. decemvirs,
  4. decenary,
  5. decencies,
  6. decennary,
  7. decennial,
  8. decennium,
  9. decent,
  10. decenter

Origin of decency

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

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British Dictionary definitions for decency

decency

noun plural -cies

conformity to the prevailing standards of propriety, morality, modesty, etc
the quality of being decent
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Word Origin and History for decency

decency

n.

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.

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