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Meaning of decent by Wiktionary Dictionary



    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 .


    • ( UK ) IPA: /ˈdiːsənt/


    decent ( comparative more decent, superlative most decent )

    1. ( obsolete ) Appropriate; suitable for the circumstances .
    2. ( of a person ) Having a suitable conformity to basic moral standards; showing integrity, fairness, or other characteristics associated with moral uprightness .
    3. Sufficiently clothed or dressed to be seen .
      Are you decent? May I come in?
    4. Fair; good enough; okay .
      He's a decent saxophonist, but probably not good enough to make a career of it .
    5. Significant; substantial .
      There are a decent number of references out there, if you can find them .
    6. ( obsolete ) Comely; shapely; well-formed .
      A sable stole of cyprus lawn / Over thy decent shoulders drawn — Milton .


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Explanation of decent by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. in the right manner

    2. can't you carry me decent?
    1. conforming to conventions of sexual behavior

    2. speech in this circle, if not always decent, never became lewd- George Santayana
    3. observing conventional sexual mores in speech or behavior or dress

    4. though one of her shoulder straps had slipped down, she was perfectly decent by current standards
    5. decently clothed

    6. are you decent?
    7. according with custom or propriety

    8. a decent burial
    9. socially or conventionally correct

    10. from a decent family
    11. sufficient for the purpose

    12. a decent wage

    Definition of decent by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. 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.