Decency

Definition of Decency

De´cen`cy
n.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.
Observances of time, place, and of decency in general.
- Burke.
Immodest words admit of no defense,
For want of decency is want of sense.
- Roscommon.
2.That which is proper or becoming.
The external decencies of worship.
- Atterbury.
Those thousand decencies, that daily flow
From all her words and actions.
- Milton.

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