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Definition of decency noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[uncountable] honest, polite behavior that follows accepted moral standards and shows respect for others Her behavior showed a total lack of common decency. Have you no sense of decency? He might have had the decency to apologize. standards of taste and decency that we expect broadcasting companies to meet
  2. 2the decencies [plural] (formal) standards of behavior in society that people think are acceptable the basic decencies of civilized society
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