The definition of decent is someone or something that is respectable, modest, proper, or fair and kind.adjective
- An example of decent is using appropriate language in a formal setting.
- An example of decent is woman wearing a top that doesn't show cleavage to a job interview.
- An example of decent is someone letting a pregnant woman cut in line for a restroom.
- proper and fitting: a decent burial
- not immodest; not obscene; chaste: decent language
- conforming to approved social standards; respectable: decent apparel
- reasonably good; adequate: decent wages
- fair and kind: decent treatment
- Informal adequately clothed for propriety
Origin: MFr décent < L decens (gen decentis), prp. of decere, to befit < IE base *de-, to receive, greet, be suitable, teach > Sans dkšati, (he) is helpful, L docere, to teach, Gr dokein, to think, seem
- decently adverb
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- Characterized by conformity to recognized standards of propriety or morality.
- Free from indelicacy; modest.
- Meeting accepted standards; adequate: a decent salary.
- a. Morally upright; respectable.b. Kind or obliging: very decent of them to lend you money.
- Informal Properly or modestly dressed.
Origin: Latin decēns, decent-, present participle of decēre, to be fitting; see dek- in Indo-European roots.
- deˈcent·ly adverb
- deˈcent·ness noun