decency

noun
de·​cen·​cy | \ ˈdē-sᵊn-sē How to pronounce decency (audio) \
plural decencies

Definition of decency

1a : the quality or state of being decent : propriety
b : conformity to standards of taste, propriety, or quality
2 : standard of propriety usually used in plural
3 decencies plural : conditions or services considered essential for a proper standard of living
4 : literary decorum

5 archaic

a : fitness

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Synonyms & Antonyms for decency

Synonyms

decorum, form, propriety

Antonyms

impropriety, indecency, indecorum

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web

Milt is remembered by countless individuals for his kindness, respect, decency, honesty, integrity, sense of humor, and his heart of gold. sun-sentinel.com, "Deaths in South Florida: 6/9," 9 June 2019 To often the school would turn a blind eye to protect their athletes and exempt them from decency and respect for people period. Amanda Mitchell, Marie Claire, "Caelynn Sharing Her Story on the 'Bachelor' Is a Turning Point For the Series," 29 Jan. 2019 In a letter sent to Sessions on Tuesday, a dozen Republican senators said separating families isn’t consistent with American values and ordinary human decency. Garance Burke And Martha Mendoza, BostonGlobe.com, "Youngest migrants held in ‘tender age’ shelters," 20 June 2018 Human decency is fragile because virtue is a challenge. Sahil Handa, National Review, "Seeking a Way Out of Our Modern Malaise," 4 June 2019 Audiences have also been drawn to the film because of Neville’s craftily constructed argument for decency. Noel Murray, The Verge, "The 10 best documentaries of 2018," 18 Dec. 2018 In a letter sent to Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Tuesday, a dozen Republican senators said separating families isn’t consistent with American values and ordinary human decency. Time, "Toddlers Separated From Parents at the Border Are Being Detained in 'Tender Age' Shelters," 20 June 2018 Some men are embarrassed by being praised for their decency, as if doing the right thing were a default setting rather than a conscious choice. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, "C.M. Newton led with enlightenment while blazing his own trail," 5 June 2018 The rise of partisanship on every issue, unleavened by levity, unmediated by respect for basic decency, is accelerating. Anchorage Daily News, "The two rivers of US media are tearing us apart," 2 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of decency

1567, in the meaning defined at sense 5a

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decency

noun

English Language Learners Definition of decency

: polite, moral, and honest behavior and attitudes that show respect for other people
formal : the behaviors that people in a society consider to be proper or acceptable

decency

noun
de·​cen·​cy | \ ˈdē-sᵊn-sē How to pronounce decency (audio) \
plural decencies

Kids Definition of decency

: a way or habit of behaving with good manners or good morals Show some decency and apologize.

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