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decency

[dee-suh n-see] /ˈdi sən si/
noun, plural decencies.
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.
Origin
1560-1570
1560-70; < Latin decentia comeliness, decency, equivalent to decent- (stem of decēns) fitting (see decent) + -ia noun suffix
Synonyms
2. decorum, respectability, gentility.
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British Dictionary definitions for decencies

decencies

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

decency

/ˈdiːsənsɪ/
noun (pl) -cies
1.
conformity to the prevailing standards of propriety, morality, modesty, etc
2.
the quality of being decent
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Word Origin and History for decencies

decency

n.

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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