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decency

[ dee-suhn-see ]
/ ˈdi sən si /
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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.

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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
/ (ˈdiːsənsɪ) /

noun plural -cies

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