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DECENCY

The social aspect of the virtue of modesty. It implies due concern for what society in general or people in particular consider proper in the external practice of chastity. As the morality of a culture falls below the objective norms of Christian chastity, the standards of decency tend to be formed by the prevalent customs of the people. (Etym. Latin decere, to be fitting.)

All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.

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