decency

[dee-suhn-see]
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.
a.
the recognized standards of decent or proper behavior; proprieties: The least you can expect from them is some respect for the decencies.
b.
the requirements or amenities for decent or comfortable living: to be able to afford the decencies.

Origin:
1560–70; < Latin decentia comeliness, decency, equivalent to decent- (stem of decēns) fitting (see decent) + -ia noun suffix


2. decorum, respectability, gentility.
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decency (ˈdiːsənsɪ)
 
n , pl -cies
1.  conformity to the prevailing standards of propriety, morality, modesty, etc
2.  the quality of being decent

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decency
1560s, "appropriateness," from L. decentia, from decentem "becoming, fitting" (see decent). Meaning "modesty" (i.e. "appropriateness to standards of society" is from 1630s.
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Example sentences
Loss of civility and a sense of decorum and decency goes a long way toward
  explaining road rage writ large on the landscape.
Not about sensitivity and understanding and decency.
Decency and honesty she had in plenty, and on occasion a hint of steel.
It is not going to have much influence on their personality, but it matters
  because of basic human decency.
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