Definition of 'decency'

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Example sentences containing 'decency'

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With such a respect for human life and a sense of moral decency. The Sun (2017)For some people, common decency is thrown out the window at the sight of cordless mic. Times, Sunday Times (2016)Few players or managers have dignity or decency painted upon them. Times, Sunday Times (2006)He is a millionaire footballer who seems to have lost any semblance of moral restraint or decency. Times, Sunday Times (2010)They should be shamed into changing this policy to reflect common decency. The Sun (2014)There is a certain scale of human decency that speaks against that sort of thing. Christianity Today (2000)This is what happens when political correctness gets in the way of common sense and common decency. The Sun (2012)The charge was one of offending public decency. Geraghty, Tony The Bullet Catchers (1989)She was just acting out of common human decency. Times, Sunday Times (2012)So why do people leave human decency at the door when they check in online? The Sun (2012)It is a matter of common sense and dog decency. The Sun (2014) Common decency says you should let them pass. Times, Sunday Times (2016)But the overall mood is optimistic and human decency wins out. Times, Sunday Times (2015)If he had any sense of decency he would hurry up and go. The Sun (2006) Common decency demands that the way our justice system treats him reflects his crimes. The Sun (2008)But at what point do so many lose sight of basic human decency? The Sun (2015)Common sense and decency was a winner against controversy. The Sun (2010)It's to do with treating the elderly with dignity and decency. Times, Sunday Times (2011)We deplore and oppose his insulting language, which shows a woeful disrespect of decency and moral standards. The Sun (2012)Which leaves modesty and decency. Times, Sunday Times (2015)You have morals and decency. The Sun (2010)We all wear clothes to protect our own modesty and decency and to show respect for the ideas of modesty and decency which we imagine others have. Times, Sunday Times (2015)A man then, of solidity, decency and modesty. Times, Sunday Times (2007)I think most people would find that common sense, together with a modicum of decency and dignity, would be sufficient. Times, Sunday Times (2012)

Synonyms of 'decency'

propriety, correctness, decorum, fitness
courtesy, grace, politeness, good manners

Trends of 'decency'

In Common Usage. decency is one of the 10000 most commonly used words in the Collins dictionary

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Translations for 'decency'

British English: decency NOUN
Decency is the quality of following accepted moral standards.
He showed neither decency nor dignity.


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