Definitions for decentˈdi sənt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

de•centˈdi sənt(adj.)

  1. conforming to the recognized standard of propriety, as in behavior or speech.

  2. respectable; worthy.

  3. adequate; passable.

  4. kind; obliging.

  5. of reasonably attractive appearance.

Origin of decent:

1485–95; < L decent-, s. of decēns fitting, prp. of decēre to be fitting; akin to decus honor


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?"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. decent(adjective)ˈdi sənt

    good but not very good; = average

    He gets decent grades.; The food was decent.

  2. decentˈdi sənt

    kind and honest

    a decent man


  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

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

Anagrams of decent

  1. cedent

Translations for decent

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


fairly good; of fairly good quality

a decent standard of living.

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