What does decent mean?

Definitions for decent
ˈdi səntde·cent

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. decent, niceadjective

    socially or conventionally correct; refined or virtuous

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

  2. becoming, comely, comme il faut, decent, decorous, seemlyadjective

    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. decentadjective

    conforming to conventions of sexual behavior

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

  4. adequate, decent, enoughadjective

    sufficient for the purpose

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

  5. decentadjective

    decently clothed

    "are you decent?"

  6. decentadverb

    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 wayadverb

    in the right manner

    "please do your job properly!"; "can't you carry me decent?"


  1. decentadjective

    Appropriate; suitable for the circumstances.

  2. decentadjective

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

  3. decentadjective

    Sufficiently clothed or dressed to be seen.

    Are you decent? May I come in?

  4. decentadjective

    Fair; good enough; okay.

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

  5. decentadjective

    Significant; substantial.

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

  6. decentadjective

    Comely; shapely; well-formed.

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

  7. Etymology: 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.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Decentadjective

    Becoming; fit; suitable.

    Etymology: decens, Lat.

    Since there must be ornaments both in painting and poetry, if they are not necessary, they must at least be decent; that is, in their due place, and but moderately used. Dryden.


  1. decent

    Decent refers to being satisfactory, acceptable, or reasonably good in quality or standard. It implies an adequate level of quality that is appropriate or appropriate for a given situation or context. Decent can also refer to being morally upright, respectful, and considerate in behavior or appearance.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Decentadjective

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

  2. Decentadjective

    free from immodesty or obscenity; modest

  3. Decentadjective

    comely; shapely; well-formed

  4. Decentadjective

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

  5. Etymology: [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.]

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Decent is ranked #87663 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Decent surname appeared 212 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Decent.

    88.2% or 187 total occurrences were White.
    4.7% or 10 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    2.8% or 6 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

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. Charlie Johnson:

    Earnings have been decent, outperforming, but outperforming expectations that have been dramatically lowered, so Greentree Brokerage Services in Philadelphia's like a shell game.

  2. Ian Buruma:

    To isolate the revolutionary ideologues and their killers we must gain the trust of the majority of Muslims, this can only happen if they are treated as equal citizens, not just in theory, and have access to decent education and jobs.

  3. Clifford Villalon:

    You may not be known or popular all over the world, but by doing honorable acts and decent gestures each day you are already famous.

  4. Clay Potter:

    We’ve been in business 54 years and it’s been a pretty decent business for a lot of those years, but this bill is going to totally kill the business. It's dead.

  5. Tom Steyer:

    Every candidate here is more decent and coherent and patriotic than that criminal in the White House.

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Translations for decent

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  • لائقArabic
  • приличен, благоприличен, значителенBulgarian
  • slušnýCzech
  • anständigGerman
  • decenteSpanish
  • rehellinen, huomattava, käypä, säädyllinen, pukeissa, kunnon, kelpo, ihan hyvä, kunnollinenFinnish
  • substantiel, intègre, décentFrench
  • cothromach, iomchaidhScottish Gaelic
  • הגוןHebrew
  • सभ्यHindi
  • perbene, presentabileItalian
  • წესიერი, ზრდილი, შესაფერისიGeorgian
  • 어지간한Korean
  • toonbaar, redelijk, significant, substantieel, integerDutch
  • przyzwoity, niezłyPolish
  • decentePortuguese
  • неплохой, порядочный, приличный, благопристойный, хороший, одетыйRussian
  • spodobenSlovene
  • anständig, hyfsadSwedish
  • கண்ணியமானTamil
  • saygın, edepli, makul, yeterli, terbiyeli, adam gibiTurkish
  • ГіднийUkrainian
  • 体面的Chinese

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    offensive or even (of persons) malicious
    • A. nasty
    • B. whirring
    • C. dependable
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