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decorous

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adjective dec·o·rous \ˈde-kər-əs also di-ˈkȯr-əs\

Simple Definition of decorous

  • : correct and polite in a particular situation

Full Definition of decorous

  1. :  marked by propriety and good taste :  correct <decorous conduct>

dec·o·rous·ly adverb
dec·o·rous·ness noun

Examples of decorous

  1. <we were asked to be on our most decorous behavior at the formal event>

  2. <the oppressively decorous standards of a royal court>



Origin of decorous

Latin decorus, from decor beauty, grace; akin to Latin decēre to be fitting — more at decent


First Known Use: 1653



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