Decency

  • 1 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… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 Decency — is the quality or state of conforming to social or moral standards of taste and propriety. See also Taste (sociology) Communications Decency Act Public indecency Indecent exposure Sodomy law Norm (sociology) Grotesque body National Legion of… …

    Wikipedia

  • 3 decency — 1560s, appropriateness, from L. decentia comeliness, decency, from decentem becoming, fitting (see DECENT (Cf. decent)). Meaning modesty (i.e. appropriateness to standards of society ) is from 1630s …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 4 decency — index clemency, decorum, propriety (correctness) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

    Law dictionary

  • 5 decency — *decorum, propriety, dignity, etiquette Analogous words: seemliness, decorousness (see corresponding adjectives at DECOROUS): fitness, suitability, fittingness, appropriateness (see corresponding adjectives at FIT) …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 6 decency — [n] respectable behavior appropriateness, ceremoniousness, civility, conventionality, correctness, courtesy, decorum, dignity, etiquette, fitness, fittingness, formality, good form, good manners, honesty, modesty, propriety, respectability,… …

    New thesaurus

  • 7 decency — ► NOUN (pl. decencies) 1) decent behaviour. 2) (decencies) standards of propriety …

    English terms dictionary

  • 8 decency — [dē′sən sē] n. pl. decencies [L decentia < decens: see DECENT] 1. the quality or condition of being decent; propriety of conduct and speech; proper behavior, modesty, courtesy, etc. 2. [pl.] socially proper actions; the proprieties 3. [pl.]… …

    English World dictionary

  • 9 decency — n. 1) common decency 2) the decency to + inf. (he didn t even have the decency to call) 3) (misc.) to observe the decencies; a spark of decency * * * [ diːs(ə)nsɪ] a spark of decency (misc.) to observe the decencyies common decency the decency to …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 10 decency — noun (U) 1 a quality in someone s character that makes them honest and polite and makes them have respect for other people: a judgement that reflects the decency and good sense of the American people 2 acceptable behaviour, especially moral and… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 11 decency — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ common, human ▪ a lack of common decency ▪ basic, simple ▪ moral ▪ pub …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 12 decency — de|cen|cy [ disnsi ] noun uncount behavior that is moral, good, or reasonable: No one with any sense of decency can ignore their request for help. common decency (=standards of decency that most people should have): It would have been only common …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 13 decency — [[t]di͟ːs(ə)nsi[/t]] 1) N UNCOUNT Decency is the quality of following accepted moral standards. Unfortunately, on Friday night he showed neither decency nor dignity... His sense of decency forced him to resign. ...the threat of rampant… …

    English dictionary

  • 14 decency — UK [ˈdiːs(ə)nsɪ] / US [ˈdɪs(ə)nsɪ] noun Word forms decency : singular decency plural decencies 1) [uncountable] behaviour that is moral, good, or reasonable No one with any sense of decency can ignore their request for help. It would have been… …

    English dictionary

  • 15 decency — de|cen|cy [ˈdi:sənsi] n 1.) [U] polite, honest, and moral behaviour and attitudes that show respect for other people ▪ a judgment reflecting the decency and good sense of the American people common/human/public decency (=standards of behaviour… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 16 decency — noun 1) standards of taste and decency Syn: propriety, decorum, good taste, respectability, dignity, correctness, good form, etiquette; morality, virtue, modesty, delicacy 2) he didn t have the decency to tell me Syn …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 17 decency — noun 1) standards of taste and decency Syn: propriety, decorum, good taste, respectability, morality, virtue, modesty 2) he didn t have the decency to tell me Syn: courtesy, politeness, good manners …

    Synonyms and antonyms dictionary

  • 18 decency — /dee seuhn see/, n., pl. 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 …

    Universalium

  • 19 decency — [ˈdiːs(ə)nsi] noun [U] behaviour that is moral, good, or reasonable You should at least have the decency to say you re sorry![/ex] …

    Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • 20 decency — noun (plural cies) Date: 1567 1. archaic a. fitness b. orderliness 2. a. the quality or state of being decent ; propriety b …

    New Collegiate Dictionary