noun, plural de·cen·cies.
- the state or quality of being decent.
- conformity to the recognized standard of propriety, good taste, modesty, etc.
- the decencies those things that are considered necessary for a decent life
- standards of behaviour considered correct by polite society; proprieties
noun plural -cies
- conformity to the prevailing standards of propriety, morality, modesty, etc
- 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.