De·cen·cy n.; pl. Decencies
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.
n 1: the quality of conforming to standards of propriety and
morality [ant: indecency]
2: the quality of being polite and respectable