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Meaning & Definition of Decent in English

English

Decent

/disənt/

adjective

1. Socially or conventionally correct

  • Refined or virtuous
  • "From a decent family"
  • "A nice girl"
    synonym:
  • decent
  • ,
  • nice

2. According with custom or propriety

  • "Her becoming modesty"
  • "Comely behavior"
  • "It is not comme il faut for a gentleman to be constantly asking for money"
  • "A decent burial"
  • "Seemly behavior"
    synonym:
  • becoming
  • ,
  • comely
  • ,
  • comme il faut
  • ,
  • decent
  • ,
  • decorous
  • ,
  • seemly

3. Conforming to conventions of sexual behavior

  • "Speech in this circle, if not always decent, never became lewd"- george santayana
    synonym:
  • decent

4. Sufficient for the purpose

  • "An adequate income"
  • "The food was adequate"
  • "A decent wage"
  • "Enough food"
  • "Food enough"
    synonym:
  • adequate
  • ,
  • decent
  • ,
  • enough

5. Decently clothed

  • "Are you decent?"
    synonym:
  • decent

6. Observing conventional sexual mores in speech or behavior or dress

  • "A modest neckline in her dress"
  • "Though one of her shoulder straps had slipped down, she was perfectly decent by current standards"
    synonym:
  • decent

adverb

1. In the right manner

  • "Please do your job properly!"
  • "Can't you carry me decent?"
    synonym:
  • properly
  • ,
  • decently
  • ,
  • decent
  • ,
  • in good order
  • ,
  • right
  • ,
  • the right way

Examples of using

The dumb masses believe that Mandela was a decent man.
Tom seems like a decent kid.