noun, plural de·cen·cies.

  1. the state or quality of being decent.
  2. conformity to the recognized standard of propriety, good taste, modesty, etc.
  3. 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.

pl n

  1. the decencies those things that are considered necessary for a decent life
  2. standards of behaviour considered correct by polite society; proprieties

noun plural -cies

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

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.

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