Decency

Decency

Decency is the quality or state of conforming to social or moral standards of taste and propriety.

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  • Decency — De cen*cy, n.; pl. {Decencies}. [L. decentia, fr. decens: cf. F. d[ e]cence. See {Decent}.] 1. The quality or state of being decent, suitable, or becoming, in words or behavior; propriety of form in social intercourse, in actions, or in… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • decency — 1560s, appropriateness, from L. decentia comeliness, decency, from decentem becoming, fitting (see DECENT (Cf. decent)). Meaning modesty (i.e. appropriateness to standards of society ) is from 1630s …   Etymology dictionary

  • decency — index clemency, decorum, propriety (correctness) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • decency — *decorum, propriety, dignity, etiquette Analogous words: seemliness, decorousness (see corresponding adjectives at DECOROUS): fitness, suitability, fittingness, appropriateness (see corresponding adjectives at FIT) …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • decency — [n] respectable behavior appropriateness, ceremoniousness, civility, conventionality, correctness, courtesy, decorum, dignity, etiquette, fitness, fittingness, formality, good form, good manners, honesty, modesty, propriety, respectability,… …   New thesaurus

  • decency — ► NOUN (pl. decencies) 1) decent behaviour. 2) (decencies) standards of propriety …   English terms dictionary

  • decency — [dē′sən sē] n. pl. decencies [L decentia < decens: see DECENT] 1. the quality or condition of being decent; propriety of conduct and speech; proper behavior, modesty, courtesy, etc. 2. [pl.] socially proper actions; the proprieties 3. [pl.]… …   English World dictionary

  • decency — n. 1) common decency 2) the decency to + inf. (he didn t even have the decency to call) 3) (misc.) to observe the decencies; a spark of decency * * * [ diːs(ə)nsɪ] a spark of decency (misc.) to observe the decencyies common decency the decency to …   Combinatory dictionary

  • decency — noun (U) 1 a quality in someone s character that makes them honest and polite and makes them have respect for other people: a judgement that reflects the decency and good sense of the American people 2 acceptable behaviour, especially moral and… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • decency — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ common, human ▪ a lack of common decency ▪ basic, simple ▪ moral ▪ pub …   Collocations dictionary

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