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DECORUM

Proper behaviour, good order.

2. Decorum is requisite in public places, in order to permit all persons
to enjoy their rights, for example, decorum is indispensable in church, to
enable those assembled, to worship. If, therefore, a person were to disturb
the congregation, it would be lawful to put him out. The same might be done
in case of a funeral. 1 Mod. 168, 1 Lev. 196 2 Kebl. 124. But a request to
desist should be first made, unless, indeed," when the necessity of the
case would render such precaution impossible. In using force to restore
order and decorum, care must be taken to use no more than is necessary, for
any excess will render the party using it guilty of an assault and battery.
Vide Battery.


Source: Bouviers Law Dictionary 1856 Edition

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