Definition of decency
3 : standard of propriety —usually used in plural
4 decencies plural : conditions or services considered essential for a proper standard of living
5 : literary decorum
Examples of decency in a sentence
Decency, not fear of punishment, caused them to do the right thing.
Sending aid to the victims was simply a matter of common decency.
If you're going to be late, please have the decency to call and let me know.
Have you no sense of decency?
He had been taught to observe the ordinary decencies.
First Known Use of decency
DECENCY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of decency for English Language Learners
: polite, moral, and honest behavior and attitudes that show respect for other people
decencies : the behaviors that people in a society consider to be proper or acceptable
DECENCY Defined for Kids
Definition of decency for Students
: a way or habit of behaving with good manners or good morals <Show some decency and apologize.>
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