Definition of decency noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈdiːsnsi//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈdiːsnsi//
    Moral, Honest
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  1. 1[uncountable] honest, polite behaviour that follows accepted moral standards and shows respect for others Her behaviour 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 See related entries: Moral, Honest
  2. 2the decencies [plural] (formal) standards of behaviour in society that people think are acceptable the basic decencies of civilized society
  3. Word Originmid 16th cent. (in the sense ‘appropriateness, fitness’): from Latin decentia, from decent- ‘being fitting’, from the verb decere.Extra examples Your behaviour is an affront to public decency. a lack of common decency We need to restore values of decency, caring and understanding to our society.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: decency