You think he'd at least have the courtesy to call to say he'd be late. (from Oxford Dictionary)

Are these 'would' in this sentence used in subjunctive mood? 'Would' always makes me nervous if I'm taking it correctly..

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No, in your example the word would is not used in the subjunctive mood. It is the conditional mood:

Definition #2: (expressing the conditional mood) indicating the consequence of an imagined event or situation.

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