What does decent mean?

Definitions for decentˈdi sənt

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word decent.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. decent, nice(adj)

    socially or conventionally correct; refined or virtuous

    "from a decent family"; "a nice girl"

  2. 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"

  3. decent(adj)

    conforming to conventions of sexual behavior

    "speech in this circle, if not always decent, never became lewd"- George Santayana

  4. adequate, decent, enough(adj)

    sufficient for the purpose

    "an adequate income"; "the food was adequate"; "a decent wage"; "enough food"; "food enough"

  5. decent(adj)

    decently clothed

    "are you decent?"

  6. decent(adverb)

    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"

  7. 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?"

Wiktionary

  1. decent(Adjective)

    Appropriate; suitable for the circumstances.

  2. decent(Adjective)

    Having a suitable conformity to basic moral standards; showing integrity, fairness, or other characteristics associated with moral uprightness.

  3. decent(Adjective)

    Sufficiently clothed or dressed to be seen.

    Are you decent? May I come in?

  4. decent(Adjective)

    Fair; good enough; okay.

    He's a decent saxophonist, but probably not good enough to make a career of it.

  5. decent(Adjective)

    Significant; substantial.

    There are a decent number of references out there, if you can find them.

  6. decent(Adjective)

    Comely; shapely; well-formed.

    A sable stole of cyprus lawn / Over thy decent shoulders drawn uE000163484uE001 Milton.

  7. 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.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Decent(adj)

    suitable in words, behavior, dress, or ceremony; becoming; fit; decorous; proper; seemly; as, decent conduct; decent language

  2. Decent(adj)

    free from immodesty or obscenity; modest

  3. Decent(adj)

    comely; shapely; well-formed

  4. Decent(adj)

    moderate, but competent; sufficient; hence, respectable; fairly good; reasonably comfortable or satisfying; as, a decent fortune; a decent person

  5. 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

  1. Decent

    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.]

British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'decent' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2304

  2. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'decent' in Adjectives Frequency: #643

Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of decent in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of decent in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. H.L. Mencken:

    Every decent man is ashamed of the government he lives under.

  2. David Harris:

    It's a sad and stupid thing to have to proclaim yourself a revolutionary just to be a decent man.

  3. James Macharia:

    An African woman should be decent, They are provoking us. And I think we should put in place laws to curb that.

  4. Frontman Jesse Hughes:

    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.

  5. Stanley Walker:

    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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Translations for decent

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • لائقArabic
  • значителен, благоприличен, приличенBulgarian
  • slušnýCzech
  • anständigGerman
  • decenteSpanish
  • kelpo, kunnollinen, pukeissa, käypä, rehellinen, huomattava, säädyllinen, kunnon, ihan hyväFinnish
  • décent, intègre, substantielFrench
  • cothromach, iomchaidhScottish Gaelic
  • הגוןHebrew
  • presentabile, perbeneItalian
  • შესაფერისი, წესიერი, ზრდილიGeorgian
  • significant, substantieel, toonbaar, redelijk, integerDutch
  • niezły, przyzwoityPolish
  • decentePortuguese
  • порядочный, неплохой, хороший, одетый, благопристойный, приличныйRussian
  • spodobenSlovene
  • anständig, hyfsadSwedish
  • adam gibi, terbiyeli, yeterli, saygın, makul, edepliTurkish

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