decency

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Latin decentia, from decens: compare French décence. See decent.

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decency (countable and uncountable, plural decencies)

  1. the quality of being decent; propriety
    • Burke
      Observances of time, place, and of decency in general.
    • Roscommon
      Immodest words admit of no defence, / For want of decency is want of sense.
  2. That which is proper or becoming.
    • Atterbury
      The external decencies of worship.
    • Milton
      Those thousand decencies, that daily flow / From all her words and actions.

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