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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

common decency

Common, everyday courtesy, respect, and politeness that is expected and assumed by social convention. Please have the common decency to at least consult me before you make some extravagant purchase. It is just common decency that you should help someone if they are in distress.
See also: common, decency
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I will simply not turn aside, will run up against him, not very violently, but just shouldering each other--just as much as decency permits.
It does seem, and it is most shocking indeed," replied Elizabeth, with tears in her eyes, "that a sister's sense of decency and virtue in such a point should admit of doubt.
It is also necessary to know what tribunals in different places should have different things under their jurisdiction, and also what things should always come under the cognisance of the same magistrate; as, for instance, decency of manners, shall the clerk of the market take cognisance of that if the cause arises in the market, and another magistrate in another place, or the same magistrate everywhere: or shall there be a distinction made of the fact, or the parties?
If you had any sense of decency, if you had any gratitude, you wouldn't dream of going.
How superficially he smoothed these events into a semblance of decency which harmonized with his own view of life
It was your own virtue, Jane, rather even than your helplessness which awakened for an instant the latent decency of this degraded man.
But most of us have got a little decency somewhere in us.
In religion he was a staunch and sincere High Churchman, but it was according to the formal fashion of many thinkers of his day; he looked on the Church not as a medium of spiritual life, of which he, like his generation, had little conception, but as one of the organized institutions of society, useful in maintaining decency and order.
His reckless instincts and love of pleasure were rather strangely combined with a sincere theoretical devotion to religion, and his first noticeable work (1701), a little booklet called 'The Christian Hero,' aimed, in opposition to fashionable license, to show that decency and goodness are requisites of a real gentleman.
But before departing, in common decency, I offered to take any wires they might write.
No words have passed between us since, but such as outward decency or pure necessity demanded.
From the name of my patron, indeed, I hope my reader will be convinced, at his very entrance on this work, that he will find in the whole course of it nothing prejudicial to the cause of religion and virtue, nothing inconsistent with the strictest rules of decency, nor which can offend even the chastest eye in the perusal.
INDIA has ordered internet service providers (ISPs) to block access to more than 850 adult websites in what the government has described as a way to protect social decency.
It's about voting for the Common Decency recommendation.
Next week, Tuesday March 24, May launches his Common Decency pre-election campaign with the unveiling of his first campaign billboard sited in Vauxhall, SW8 and a full announcement of his campaign proposals.