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
  1. noun
    the quality of conforming to standards of propriety and morality
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    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
  2. noun
    the quality of being polite and respectable
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    type of:
    reputability, respectability
    honorableness by virtue of being respectable and having a good reputation
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