basic decency

basic decency

Common, everyday courtesy, respect, and politeness that is expected and assumed by social convention. Please have the basic decency to at least consult me before you make some extravagant purchase. It is an assumed basic decency that you should help someone if they are in distress.
See also: basic, decency
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The programs represented are: The Truth About Drugs, an anti-drug education program designed to erase pandemic substance abuse worldwide; United for Human Rights, enlightening populations on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights; The Way to Happiness, whose 21 universal moral precepts help to restore the bonds of humanity and basic decency of mankind; and Scientology Volunteer Ministers, providing urgent assistance to the devastated and traumatized and bringing succor in times of disaster, both acute and everyday.
Their humanity demands they be treated with basic decency, and today's vote signals that the People's House agrees.
It's about basic decency and leaving killing for pleasure where it belongs - in the Middle Ages.
The government's apparent aim to execute someone for crimes allegedly committed as a child is an affront to basic decency, as well as a violation of children's rights.
This commitment to good time-keeping typi- fies Karanka's attention to detail and, in my view, his basic decency.
Cassandra Stubbs, director of the American Civil Liberties Union's Capital Punishment Project, said Arizona had broken constitutional rights, and the bounds of basic decency.
And no one who spends any time with the Lebanese can fail to be impressed with the basic decency and humanitarianism they display as they grapple with the issues posed by the refugees.
Coun Grant Davey, leader of the county council, said: "I'd like to pay tribute to the hard work, dedication and basic decency of long standing councillor John Taylor.
The newly "elected" leaders in Egypt, Syria and Algeria, among other Arab rulers, would do well to read this book when they have a break from fighting off the millions of their citizens who now agitate for the dignity, democracy and basic decency in the exercise of power that they have never enjoyed--whether at the hands of indigenous or foreign rulers.
We ask her to stand up not only for public safety and cost-conscious practicality, but for basic decency and human compassion - just as the Reverend King implored.
Not the working class lads whose mothers should have drummed into them that basic decency transcends class.
The service on Thursday was a time to acknowledge gratefully the basic decency that made such a difference on Monday.
The police have totally ignored basic decency,'' said Justice Vyas then, adding that guidelines concerning the arrest of a woman were violated.
A vote for our basic decency comes, surprisingly, from work by primatologists such as Frans de Wl of Emory University, who have observed that other primates display the basics of altruism, reciprocity, empathy and a sense of justice.
To see BBC Wales grovelling to someone who wants to deprive poor working class people in the US of similar basic decency is disgusting.