Decorous
Decorous Dec"or*ous (d[e^]k"[-o]r*[u^]s or d[-e]*k[=o]"r[u^]s; 277), a. [L. dec[=o]rus, fr. decor comeliness, beauty; akin to decere. See {Decent}, and cf. {Decorum}.] Suitable to a character, or to the time, place, and occasion; marked with decorum; becoming; proper; seemly; befitting; as, a decorous speech; decorous behavior; a decorous dress for a judge. [1913 Webster]

A decorous pretext the war. --Motley. -- {De*co"rous*ly}, adv. -- {De*co"rous*ness}, n. [1913 Webster]


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