Definition of Decent

1. Adjective. Socially or conventionally correct; refined or virtuous. "A nice girl"

Exact synonyms: Nice
Similar to: Respectable
Derivative terms: Decency, Niceness



2. Adverb. In the right manner. "Can't you carry me decent?"
Exact synonyms: Decently, In Good Order, Properly, Right, The Right Way
Antonyms: Improperly
Partainyms: Proper

3. Adjective. According with custom or propriety. "Seemly behavior"

4. Adjective. Conforming to conventions of sexual behavior. "Speech in this circle, if not always decent, never became lewd"
Also: Clean, Unobjectionable, Decorous, Proper
Derivative terms: Decency
Antonyms: Indecent

5. Adjective. Sufficient for the purpose. "Food enough"
Exact synonyms: Adequate, Enough
Similar to: Sufficient
Derivative terms: Adequateness, Enough

6. Adjective. Decently clothed. "Are you decent?"
Language type: Colloquialism
Similar to: Modest

7. Adjective. Observing conventional sexual mores in speech or behavior or dress. "Though one of her shoulder straps had slipped down, she was perfectly decent by current standards"
Similar to: Modest
Derivative terms: Decency

Definition of Decent

1. a. Suitable in words, behavior, dress, or ceremony; becoming; fit; decorous; proper; seemly; as, decent conduct; decent language.

Definition of Decent

1. Adjective. (obsolete) Appropriate; suitable for the circumstances. ¹

2. Adjective. (of a person) Having a suitable conformity to basic moral standards; showing integrity, fairness, or other characteristics associated with moral uprightness. ¹

3. Adjective. Sufficiently clothed or dressed to be seen. ¹

4. Adjective. Fair; good enough; okay. ¹

5. Adjective. Significant; substantial. ¹

6. Adjective. (obsolete) Comely; shapely; well-formed. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Decent

1. conforming to recognized standards of propriety [adj -CENTER, -CENTEST] : DECENTLY [adv]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Decent

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decenary
decence
decencies
decene
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decennia
decennial
decennially
decennials
decennium
decenniums
decent (current term)
decentalisation
decenter
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decentered lens
decentering
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decentish
decently
decentness
decentralisation
decentralisations
decentralise
decentralised

Literary usage of Decent

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1. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1897)
"BRUNO HOFER, decent in zoology at the University of Munich, has been appointed director of the recently established institute for the study of diseases of ..."

2. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon (1887)
"... the death of the young emperor had been the voluntary effect of his own despair.106 His body was conducted with decent pomp to the sepulchre of Milan, ..."

3. The Outline of History: Being a Plain History of Life and Mankind by Herbert George Wells (1922)
"It would mean lowering themselves to the level of equality and fellowship with Macedonians— a people from whom "we" do not get "even a decent slave. ..."

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