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English definition of “decency”

decency

noun     /ˈdiː.sən.si/
[U] behaviour that is good, moral, and acceptable in society: a sense of decency [+ to infinitive] She didn't even have the decency to apologize.Morality and rules of behaviour the decencies [plural] UK old-fashioned the acceptable or expected ways of doing something: I hate going to funerals, but you must observe the decencies (= it is something you should do).Manners and levels of formalityPolite and respectful
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