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 (dĕk′ər-əs, dĭ-kôr′əs)
Characterized by or exhibiting decorum; proper: decorous behavior.

[From Latin decōrus, becoming, handsome, from decor, seemliness, beauty; see dek- in Indo-European roots.]

dec′o·rous·ly adv.
dec′o·rous·ness n.
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Noun1.decorousness - propriety in manners and conduct
correctitude, properness, propriety - correct or appropriate behavior
becomingness - the quality of being becoming
indecorousness, indecorum - a lack of decorum
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