decency Definition

  • 1behavior that is good, moral, and acceptable in society
  • 2the quality of being polite, honest, and fair

Using decency: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "decency" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    He was known for his decency and kindness.

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    The company's policy is to treat its employees with decency and respect.

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    She was dressed with decency and modesty.

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    It's a matter of common decency to help someone in need.

decency Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for decency

Phrases with decency

  • basic standards of behavior that are considered socially acceptable


    It's just common decency to say 'please' and 'thank you'.

  • laws that regulate public behavior and enforce standards of morality and decency


    The city council passed new decency laws to prevent public indecency.

  • decency standards

    minimum standards of behavior that are considered acceptable in a particular context or situation


    The school has strict decency standards for student behavior and dress code.


Summary: decency in Brief

Decency [ˈdiːsnsi] refers to good, moral, and acceptable behavior in society. It encompasses qualities such as politeness, honesty, and fairness, as well as basic standards of behavior that are considered socially acceptable. Examples include treating others with decency and respect, dressing modestly, and helping those in need. Phrases like 'common decency' and 'decency laws' denote minimum standards of behavior and legal regulations, respectively.

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