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Related to decencies: parcelled
n. pl. de·cen·cies
1. The state or quality of being decent; propriety.
2. Conformity to prevailing standards of propriety or modesty.
a. Social or moral proprieties.
b. Surroundings or services deemed necessary for an acceptable standard of living.
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1. the decencies those things that are considered necessary for a decent life
2. standards of behaviour considered correct by polite society; proprieties
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