- conforming to the recognized standard of propriety, good taste, modesty, etc., as in behavior or speech.
- respectable; worthy: a decent family.
- adequate; fair; passable: a decent wage.
- kind; obliging; generous: It was very decent of him to lend me his watch.
- suitable; appropriate: She did not have a decent coat for the cold winter.
- of fairly attractive appearance: a decent face.
- Informal. wearing enough clothing to appear in public.
- Slang. great; wonderful.
Origin of decent
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Examples from the Web for decent
Almost everyone there will be a decent person and treat you well.Abramoff’s Advice for Virginia’s New Jailhouse Guv
Tim Mak, Jackie Kucinich
January 7, 2015
She assured me he was a decent human being and the love of her life.The Life and Hard Times Of The Family A Cuban Defector Left Behind
December 19, 2014
I vividly recall, that day and the weeks afterward, people groping for a decent way forward.The Media's Pro-Torture Cheerleaders
December 10, 2014
I finish a decent game, type my initials, and decide to call it quits.‘Asteroids’ & The Dawn of the Gamer Age
November 29, 2014
The problem is that being a decent person in an indecent situation is not enough, even though it may also be all you can do.The Hunger Games Economy
November 29, 2014
Decent, unpretentious folks, somewhat new, but with loads of money.
He seems too decent to marry that way—and yet it's the only way I could marry him.
If she had, now, she might cure some decent girl of her infatuation.
That kind of folks never do get killed; it's the decent ones.Ester Ried Yet Speaking
I mean the mounted and disreputable portion, not the decent infantry.The Leopard Woman
Stewart Edward White
- polite or respectablea decent family
- proper and suitable; fittinga decent burial
- conforming to conventions of sexual behaviour; not indecent
- free of oaths, blasphemy, etcdecent language
- good or adequatea decent wage
- informal kind; generoushe was pretty decent to me
- informal sufficiently clothed to be seen by other peopleare you decent?
Word Origin and History for decent
1530s, "proper to one's station or rank," also "tasteful," from Middle French décent, or directly from Latin decentem (nominative decens) "becoming, seemly, fitting, proper," present participle of decere "to be fitting or suitable," from PIE *deke-, from root *dek- "to take, accept, to receive, greet, be suitable" (cf. Greek dokein "to appear, seem, think," dekhesthai "to accept;" Sanskrit daśasyati "shows honor, is gracious," dacati "makes offerings, bestows;" Latin docere "to teach," decus "grace, ornament"). Meaning "kind, pleasant" is from 1902. Are you decent? (1949) was originally backstage theater jargon for "are you dressed."