from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The state or quality of being decent; propriety.
  • n. Conformity to prevailing standards of propriety or modesty.
  • n. Social or moral proprieties.
  • n. Surroundings or services deemed necessary for an acceptable standard of living.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. the quality of being decent; propriety
  • n. That which is proper or becoming.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. 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.
  • n. That which is proper or becoming.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state or quality of being decent, fit, suitable, or becoming; propriety of action, speech, dress, etc.; proper formality; becoming ceremony; modesty; specifically, freedom from ribaldry or obscenity.
  • n. That which is decent or becoming.
  • n. Synonyms Decorum, suitableness, neatness, purity, delicacy.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the quality of being polite and respectable
  • n. the quality of conforming to standards of propriety and morality


Latin decentia, from decens: compare French décence. See decent. (Wiktionary)



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