What does decent mean?

Definitions for decent
ˈdi səntde·cent

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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?"


  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

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  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

Examples of decent in a Sentence

  1. Jeff Matthews:

    Overall, quite decent operating earnings.

  2. Homer:

    A decent boldness ever meets with friends.

  3. Chinese Proverb:

    A filthy mouth will not utter decent language.

  4. Sergio Marchionne:

    The euro weakness is helping; these levels are decent.

  5. H.L. Mencken:

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

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  • 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
  • 어지간한Korean
  • significant, substantieel, toonbaar, redelijk, integerDutch
  • niezły, przyzwoityPolish
  • decentePortuguese
  • порядочный, неплохой, хороший, одетый, благопристойный, приличныйRussian
  • spodobenSlovene
  • anständig, hyfsadSwedish
  • கண்ணியமானTamil
  • adam gibi, terbiyeli, yeterli, saygın, makul, edepliTurkish
  • ГіднийUkrainian

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