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 for Decorous
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Decorous \Dec"or*ous\ (d[e^]k"[-o]r*[u^]s or d[-e]*k[=o]"r[u^]s;
     277), a. [L. dec[=o]rus, fr. decor comeliness, beauty; akin
     to decere. See Decent, and cf. Decorum.]
     Suitable to a character, or to the time, place, and occasion;
     marked with decorum; becoming; proper; seemly; befitting; as,
     a decorous speech; decorous behavior; a decorous dress for a
     judge.
     [1913 Webster]
  
           A decorous pretext the war.              --Motley.
     -- De*co"rous*ly, adv. -- De*co"rous*ness, n.
     [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  decorous
      adj 1: characterized by propriety and dignity and good taste in
             manners and conduct; "the tete-a-tete was decorous in the
             extreme" [ant: indecorous, indelicate]
      2: according with custom or propriety; "her becoming modesty";
         "comely behavior"; "it is not comme il faut for a gentleman
         to be constantly asking for money"; "a decent burial";
         "seemly behavior" [syn: becoming, comely, comme il
         faut, decent, decorous, seemly]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  98 Moby Thesaurus words for "decorous":
     Christian, accepted, according to Hoyle, acknowledged, admitted,
     appropriate, approved, au fait, becoming, befitting, being done,
     ceremonial, ceremonious, civil, civilized, comely, comme il faut,
     condign, conformable, conforming, conventional, correct, customary,
     de rigueur, decent, delicate, demure, dignified, done, due,
     earnest, elegant, felicitous, fit, fitting, formal, frowning,
     genteel, gentlemanly, good, grave, grim, grim-faced, grim-visaged,
     happy, hieratic, kosher, ladylike, liturgic, long-faced, mannerly,
     meet, modest, nice, normal, normative, orthodox, polished, polite,
     pompous, prim, proper, punctilious, received, recognized, refined,
     respectable, right, right and proper, righteous, rightful, rigid,
     ritual, ritualistic, sacerdotal, seasonable, sedate, seemly,
     serious, sober, sober-minded, sobersided, solemn, somber, staid,
     stately, stiff, stone-faced, straight-faced, stuffy, suitable,
     thoughtful, traditional, unsmiling, urbane, weighty, well-behaved,
     well-mannered
  
  

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