decency

noun de·cen·cy \ ˈdē-sᵊn-sē \
|Updated on: 4 Aug 2018

Definition of decency

plural decencies
1 archaic
a : fitness
2 a : the quality or state of being decent : propriety
b : conformity to standards of taste, propriety, or quality
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

  1. Decency, not fear of punishment, caused them to do the right thing.

  2. Sending aid to the victims was simply a matter of common decency.

  3. If you're going to be late, please have the decency to call and let me know.

  4. Have you no sense of decency?

  5. He had been taught to observe the ordinary decencies.

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First Known Use of decency

1567

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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DECENCY Defined for English Language Learners

decency

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

decency

noun de·cen·cy \ ˈdē-sᵊn-sē \

Definition of decency for Students

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


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