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ˈdi sən side·cen·cy

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. decency(noun)

    the quality of conforming to standards of propriety and morality

  2. decency(noun)

    the quality of being polite and respectable


  1. decency(Noun)

    the quality of being decent; propriety

Webster Dictionary

  1. Decency(noun)

    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

    Etymology: [L. decentia, fr. decens: cf. F. dcence. See Decent.]

  2. Decency(noun)

    that which is proper or becoming

    Etymology: [L. decentia, fr. decens: cf. F. dcence. See Decent.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of decency in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of decency in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of decency in a Sentence

  1. Quentin Crisp:

    Decency...must be an even more exhausting state to maintain than its opposite. Those who succeed seem to need a stupefying amount of sleep.

  2. De Blasio:

    We depend on our police to protect us against forces of criminality and evil, they are a foundation of our society, and when they are attacked, it is an attack on the very concept of decency.

  3. Kelly Shackelford:

    For this Navy to bar a chaplain from comforting and ministering to sailors and families is a reprehensible violation of religious freedom and common human decency.

  4. Kamala Harris:

    If I have the honor of being your president, I will tell you this : I am not perfect. Lord knows, I am not perfect, but I will always speak with decency and moral clarity and treat all people with dignity and respect. I will lead with integrity. And I will speak the truth.

  5. Beau Biden:

    People have wondered when decency would hit rock bottom with this administration. It happened yesterday.

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