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Pronunciation: (dē'sun-sē), [key]
pl. -cies.

1. the state or quality of being decent.
2. conformity to the recognized standard of propriety, good taste, modesty, etc.
3. decencies,
a. the recognized standards of decent or proper behavior; proprieties: The least you can expect from them is some respect for the decencies.
b. the requirements or amenities for decent or comfortable living: to be able to afford the decencies.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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