OTHER WORDS FOR decent
Origin of decent
OTHER WORDS FROM decentde·cent·ly, adverbde·cent·ness, noun
Words nearby decent
DECENT VS. DESCENT
What’s the difference between decent and descent?
Decent is an adjective that means adequate or suitable, as in a decent meal, or good or respectable, as in a decent person. Descent is a noun that means the act of moving downward (descending), a downward movement, or downward movement in general.
Despite their similar spelling, the two words are pronounced differently. In decent, the emphasis is on the first part of the word, which is pronounced like dee. In descent, the emphasis is on the -scent part of the word, with the first part pronounced like dih.
So how can you remember which one gets the s? Dropping the s is the decent thing to do, but you should pick it back up for your descent.
Here’s an example of descent and dissent used correctly in a sentence.
Example: The climbers decided to make the descent while the weather was still decent.
Quiz yourself on decent vs. descent!
Should decent or descent be used in the following sentence?
The plane’s rapid _____ was caused by a faulty engine.
How to use decent in a sentence
One rice cake lover suggested to the Chicago Tribune that rice cakes topped with beans were better than tacos, a statement that suggests that person had never had a decent taco.The Rise and Fall of the Rice Cake, America’s One-Time Favorite Health Snack|Brenna Houck|September 17, 2020|Eater
Any person who can still support this man is not a decent human being, period.
Only after the migrants settled and had years to claw back a decent life did some towns bounce back stronger.Climate Change Will Force a New American Migration|by Abrahm Lustgarten, photography by Meridith Kohut|September 15, 2020|ProPublica
In a series where Miami was comfortable letting anyone other than Giannis do that, it would have mattered a decent amount, I’d think.We Could Have Watched Raptors-Celtics Game 6 All Day|Chris Herring (firstname.lastname@example.org)|September 10, 2020|FiveThirtyEight
The 11-megapixel shooter is decent enough for selfies, but taking a regular picture requires folding the Surface Duo with both screens facing out, and correctly pointing the side with the camera at the desired subject.Review of the Microsoft Surface Duo folding phone: Very pretty but just how useful is it?|Aaron Pressman|September 10, 2020|Fortune
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|DAILY BEAST
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|Brin-Jonathan Butler|December 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I vividly recall, that day and the weeks afterward, people groping for a decent way forward.
I finish a decent game, type my initials, and decide to call it quits.
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.
If I could catch Laura's eye—but I suppose it would hardly be decent to go just yet.
Both had appealed to Napoleon; consequently there was a decent pretext for sending a French army into Spain.Napoleon's Marshals|R. P. Dunn-Pattison
Good place to lop about, y' know; a decent place to sit, and a few books and cards and that sort of thing.Raw Gold|Bertrand W. Sinclair
Never smoke when the pores are open: they absorb, and you are unfit for decent society.
For at least ten years previous to 1901, San Francisco had enjoyed a period of not only decent but honorable government.Ancestors|Gertrude Atherton