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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR DECENCY

"Nothing but decency," he answered; and she had her reply ready for that.

Out of decency he turned his back upon him, hurrying his task to an end.

The offender must not be found out; decency, if not morality, must be respected.

I must have had a glimmer of reason then, a trace of decency and unselfishness.

What's a parcel of yelling Come-Outers compared to the decency of this town?

Ain't one of you cussed swabs got decency enough to fetch me a drink?

This late in the season you'd think they'd have the decency to get dressed!

This is but the Alpha of decency, the first step of progress.

Reardon was calling upon reserves of decency and good feeling.

Choate, you're about the only hope of tradition and decency here in Addington.

WORD ORIGIN

1560s, "appropriateness," from Latin decentia "comeliness, decency," from decentem "becoming, fitting" (see decent). Meaning "modesty" (i.e. "appropriateness to standards of society") is from 1630s.

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