What does decent mean?

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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.

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.]

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 Molina:

    It’s not even about being an ally, i ’m not saying I ’m not, but just be a decent f ----- person. Just be a decent human being. And judging someone and trying to justify it with religion and saying all sorts of spiteful, hateful s --- … It’s crazy to me. It’s mind-boggling. Who cares who someone wants to be with ? Or their sexual preference ?

  2. Wayne Wicker:

    Bond investors are expecting the economy to cool down, but equity investors are still looking at decent earnings. There are companies with pricing power and stocks that generate income, a 60-40 portfolio is not properly positioned in periods such as this where inflation is running hotter than bond yields.

  3. Howard Archer:

    The overall improvement in corporate profitability supports hopes that companies will invest at a decent rate over the coming months, generally improved corporate profitability is also supportive to employment. It may also encourage companies to lift pay, which is important for sustainable healthy consumer spending.

  4. Frederick Simeone:

    The car was in excellent condition out of storage, all of the original bits were there, no missing parts, only the front end was banged in, so we had to hammer that out because it was simply too ugly. The rest of the paint was dull but intact and all we had to do was get rid of the oxidation, and it came out very decent. The only things that we had to replace ended up being brake lines and a few bits of wiring.

  5. Aaron Jett:

    Demand has been pretty decent and continued to grow, and it should continue at a decent clip. But will it be enough to soak up enough supply in the U.S. market? Probably not.

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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

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