The personal quality of decency is one of honesty, good manners, and respect for other people.

Over time, decency has referred to manners, but today decency is mainly a strong sense of right and wrong, and a high standard of honesty. When a criminal or dictator does horrible things, people assume they have no sense of decency. When a tasteless or violent TV show becomes popular, some people wonder if society has lost its sense of decency. Asking "Have you no decency?" is a serious question, unless you're being silly and complaining about something like homework.

Definitions of decency

n the quality of conforming to standards of propriety and morality

the quality of being indecent
modestness, modesty
freedom from vanity or conceit
Grundyism, primness, prudery, prudishness
excessive or affected modesty
Type of:
correctitude, properness, propriety
correct or appropriate behavior

n the quality of being polite and respectable

Type of:
reputability, respectability
honorableness by virtue of being respectable and having a good reputation

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