WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
de•cen•cy /ˈdisənsi/USA pronunciation   n., pl.  -cies. 
  1. the state or quality of being decent:[uncountable]At least have the decency to apologize.
  2. decencies, [plural] standards of proper and acceptable behavior;
    proprieties:has the decencies expected in modern society.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
de•cen•cy  (dēsən sē),USA pronunciation n., pl.  -cies. 
  1. the state or quality of being decent.
  2. conformity to the recognized standard of propriety, good taste, modesty, etc.
  3. decencies: 
    • the recognized standards of decent or proper behavior;
      proprieties:The least you can expect from them is some respect for the decencies.
    • the requirements or amenities for decent or comfortable living:to be able to afford the decencies.
  • Latin decentia comeliness, decency, equivalent. to decent- (stem of decēns) fitting (see decent) + -ia noun, nominal suffix
  • 1560–70
    • 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged decorum, respectability, gentility.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

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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