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EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from French bienséance.

NounEdit

bienséance (uncountable)

  1. Propriety, decorum.
    • 1817, Walter Scott, Rob Roy, XIII:
      In the evening it was very different and bred in a country where much attention is paid, or was at least then paid, to bienséance, I was desirous to think for Miss Vernon concerning those points of propriety where her experience did not afford her the means of thinking for herself.

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PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

bienséance f (plural bienséances)

  1. propriety

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