decorous

[dek-er-uhs, dih-kawr-uhs, -kohr-]

adjective

characterized by dignified propriety in conduct, manners, appearance, character, etc.

Origin of decorous

1655–65; < Latin decōrus seemly, becoming, derivative of decus; see decorate, -ous
Related formsdec·o·rous·ly, adverbdec·o·rous·ness, nounnon·dec·o·rous, adjectivenon·dec·o·rous·ly, adverbnon·dec·o·rous·ness, nounun·dec·o·rous, adjectiveun·dec·o·rous·ly, adverbun·dec·o·rous·ness, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for decorousness

decorous

adjective

characterized by propriety in manners, conduct, etc
Derived Formsdecorously, adverbdecorousness, noun

Word Origin for decorous

C17: from Latin decōrus, from decor elegance
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Word Origin and History for decorousness

decorous

adj.

1660s, from Latin decorus "becoming, seemly, fitting, proper," from decus (genitive decoris) "ornament" (see decorate). Related: Decorously; decorousness.

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