Decency 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. [1913 Webster]

Observances of time, place, and of decency in general. --Burke. [1913 Webster]

Immodest words admit of no defense, For want of decency is want of sense. --Roscommon. [1913 Webster]

2. That which is proper or becoming. [1913 Webster]

The external decencies of worship. --Atterbury. [1913 Webster]

Those thousand decencies, that daily flow From all her words and actions. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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