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Meaning of DECENCY

Pronunciation:  'deesunsee

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the quality of being polite and respectable
  2. [n]  the quality of conforming to standards of propriety and morality

DECENCY is a 7 letter word that starts with D.


 Antonyms: indecency
 See Also: correctitude, modesty, properness, propriety, reputability, respectability



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\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 discourse; proper
   formality; becoming ceremony; seemliness; hence, freedom
   from obscenity or indecorum; modesty.

         Observances of time, place, and of decency in
         general.                              --Burke.

         Immodest words admit of no defense, For want of
         decency is want of sense.             --Roscommon.

2. That which is proper or becoming.

         The external decencies of worship.    --Atterbury.

         Those thousand decencies, that daily flow From all
         her words and actions.                --Milton.

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