- ( UK ) IPA: /ˈdiːsənt/
- ( obsolete ) Appropriate; suitable for the circumstances .
- ( of a person ) Having a suitable conformity to basic moral standards; showing integrity, fairness, or other characteristics associated with moral uprightness .
- Sufficiently clothed or dressed to be seen .
- Are you decent? May I come in?
- Fair; good enough; okay .
- Significant; substantial .
- ( obsolete ) Comely; shapely; well-formed .
From Middle French décent, or its source, Latin decēns, present participle of decet ( “it is fitting or suitable” ), from Proto-Indo-European *deke-, from base *dek- ( “to take, accept, to receive, greet, be suitable” ) ( compare Ancient Greek δοκεῖν ( dokein, “to appear, seem, think” ), δέχεσθαι ( dekhesthai, “to accept” ); Sanskrit dacasyati ( “shows honor, is gracious” ), dacati ( “makes offerings, bestows” ) ). Meaning kind, pleasant is from 1902 .
Explanation of decent by Wordnet Dictionary
- are you decent?
- a decent burial
- from a decent family
- a decent wage
- decent ( dēsent ), a. [L. decens, decentis, p. pr. of decere to be fitting or becoming; akin to decus glory, honor, ornament, Gr. δοκεῖν to seem good, to seem, think; cf. Skr. dāç to grant, to give; and perh. akin to E. attire, tire: cf. F. décent. Cf. Decorate, Decorum, Deign.]
1. Suitable in words, behavior, dress, or ceremony; becoming; fit; decorous; proper; seemly; as, “decent conduct; decent language”. Shak.
Before his decent steps. Milton.
2. Free from immodesty or obscenity; modest.
3. Comely; shapely; well-formed. [Archaic]
A sable stole of cyprus lawn
Over thy decent shoulders drawn. Milton.
By foreign hands thy decent limbs composed. Pope.
4. Moderate, but competent; sufficient; hence, respectable; fairly good; reasonably comfortable or satisfying; as, “a decent fortune; a decent person.”
A decent retreat in the mutability of human affairs. Burke.
-- Decently, adv. -- Decentness, n.
Definition of decent by GCIDE Dictionary