decency

noun
de·​cen·​cy | \ ˈdē-sᵊn-sē \
plural decencies

Definition of decency

1 archaic

a : fitness
2a : 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

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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

At the time the Titanic went down, William Howard Taft was president—a good and sweet-natured man who weighed more than 300 pounds, enough to sink a ship by himself: a white elephant of the old decencies. Lance Morrow, WSJ, "Did Chivalry Go Down With the Titanic?," 14 Dec. 2018 His spirit of service and decency will be missed by many, including our family. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Michelle Obama Honors George H.W. Bush in Moving Instagram Post," 3 Dec. 2018 As platforms like Facebook and YouTube have shown us time and again, decency does not scale. Patricia Hernandez, The Verge, "The game store that outshines Steam by staying small and weird," 29 Nov. 2018 Your decency, sincerity, and kind soul will stay with us forever. WSJ, "Transcript of George W. Bush’s Eulogy of His Father," 5 Dec. 2018 But sometimes your contacts laugh in the face of common decency and do it anyway. Korin Miller, SELF, "Why Do My Contacts Keep Popping Out of My Eyes?," 29 Aug. 2018 Compared to that, Lennon and McCartney were a model of collaborative decency. Dominic Green, WSJ, "‘Help!’ Review: Credit Where Credit Is Due," 16 Nov. 2018 This combination of courage and decency that makes the American military something new in history. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "Read the Full Transcript of George W. Bush's Eulogy for John McCain," 1 Sep. 2018 For the sake of basic human decency: please do not live tweet dates, do not live tweet flirting, do not live tweet breakups, makeups, or meet cutes. Taylor Lorenz, The Atlantic, "Stop Live-Tweeting Strangers Flirting," 9 July 2018

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First Known Use of decency

1567, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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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

decencies : the behaviors that people in a society consider to be proper or acceptable

decency

noun
de·​cen·​cy | \ ˈdē-sᵊn-sē \
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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