socially or conventionally correct; refined or virtuous
"from a decent family"; "a nice girl"
becoming, comely, comme il faut, decent, decorous, seemly(adj)
according with custom or propriety
"her becoming modesty"; "comely behavior"; "it is not comme il faut for a gentleman to be constantly asking for money"; "a decent burial"; "seemly behavior"
conforming to conventions of sexual behavior
"speech in this circle, if not always decent, never became lewd"- George Santayana
adequate, decent, enough(adj)
sufficient for the purpose
"an adequate income"; "the food was adequate"; "a decent wage"; "enough food"; "food enough"
"are you decent?"
observing conventional sexual mores in speech or behavior or dress
"a modest neckline in her dress"; "though one of her shoulder straps had slipped down, she was perfectly decent by current standards"
properly, decently, decent, in good order, right, the right way(adverb)
in the right manner
"please do your job properly!"; "can't you carry me decent?"
Appropriate; suitable for the circumstances.
Having a suitable conformity to basic moral standards; showing integrity, fairness, or other characteristics associated with moral uprightness.
Sufficiently clothed or dressed to be seen.
Are you decent? May I come in?
Fair; good enough; okay.
He's a decent saxophonist, but probably not good enough to make a career of it.
There are a decent number of references out there, if you can find them.
Comely; shapely; well-formed.
A sable stole of cyprus lawn / Over thy decent shoulders drawn uE000163484uE001 Milton.
Origin: From décent, or its source, decens, present participle of decet, from deke-, from base (compare Ancient Greek δοκεῖν, δέχεσθαι; Sanskrit , ). Meaning kind, pleasant is from 1902.
suitable in words, behavior, dress, or ceremony; becoming; fit; decorous; proper; seemly; as, decent conduct; decent language
free from immodesty or obscenity; modest
comely; shapely; well-formed
moderate, but competent; sufficient; hence, respectable; fairly good; reasonably comfortable or satisfying; as, a decent fortune; a decent person
Origin: [L. decens, decentis, p. pr. of decere to be fitting or becoming; akin to decus glory, honor, ornament, Gr. dokei^n to seem good, to seem, think; cf. Skr. d to grant, to give; and perh. akin to E. attire, tire: cf. F. dcent. Cf. Decorate, Decorum, Deign.]
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
dē′sent, adj. becoming: seemly: proper: modest: moderate: tolerable.—n. Dē′cency, becomingness: modesty.—adv. Dē′cently. [L. decens, decentis, pr.p. of decēre, to be becoming.]
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Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'decent' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2304
Rank popularity for the word 'decent' in Adjectives Frequency: #643
The numerical value of decent in Chaldean Numerology is: 8
The numerical value of decent in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
Every decent man is ashamed of the government he lives under.
It's a sad and stupid thing to have to proclaim yourself a revolutionary just to be a decent man.
An African woman should be decent, They are provoking us. And I think we should put in place laws to curb that.
We were raised by decent people to be decent people -- and besides, we were interrupted in the middle of an amazing rock and roll show.
Associate with well-mannered persons and your manners will improve. Run around with decent folk and your own decent instincts will be strengthened.
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From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary
- значителен, благоприличен, приличенBulgarian
- kelpo, kunnollinen, pukeissa, käypä, rehellinen, huomattava, säädyllinen, kunnon, ihan hyväFinnish
- décent, intègre, substantielFrench
- cothromach, iomchaidhScottish Gaelic
- presentabile, perbeneItalian
- შესაფერისი, წესიერი, ზრდილიGeorgian
- significant, substantieel, toonbaar, redelijk, integerDutch
- niezły, przyzwoityPolish
- порядочный, неплохой, хороший, одетый, благопристойный, приличныйRussian
- anständig, hyfsadSwedish
- adam gibi, terbiyeli, yeterli, saygın, makul, edepliTurkish
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