noun, plural de·cen·cies.
Origin of decency
Examples from the Web for decency
Indeed, they view us as children who can never adhere to the standards of civility and decency to which they hold other groups.Dear White People: Well-Meaning Paternalism Is Still Racist|Chloé Valdary|December 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And equal to Bunning in decency, honesty, fullness of thought, and forwardly straight talk was Rick Robinson.
Faith is decency… if I were a cow I would be wearing a bra.Beirut Letter: In Lebanon, Fighting ISIS With Culture and Satire|Kim Ghattas|September 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And decency is our great, guiding strength as we face such monstrous foes as ISIS.From ISIS Videos to JLaw Nudes, When Is Looking Abetting Evil?|Michael Daly|September 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
You just have to find that yin of decency and locate the gestures and words that smother the yang of fear.
But her want of decency and sense takes the more commonplace line of becoming an actual courtesan of the "Imperia" kind in Italy.A History of the French Novel, Vol. 2|George Saintsbury
He defies the gods of Rome, which is no more than St Catharine might with decency have done.Dryden's Works Vol. 3 (of 18)|John Dryden
As this is my first epistle to you, it cannot in decency be a long one.
Hypocrisy is an invitation to decency, decorum, outward elegance and politeness.A Family of Noblemen|Mikhal Saltykov
From motives of decency I here omit describing the expedients they put in practice for satisfying their inordinate desires.
British Dictionary definitions for decency
noun plural -cies
Word Origin and History for decency
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.