Decent meaning

dē'sənt
Kind or obliging.

Very decent of them to lend you money.

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The definition of decent is someone or something that is respectable, modest, proper, or fair and kind.

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.

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Free from indelicacy or obscenity; clean.

Decent television programming for children.

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Fairly good; acceptable; satisfactory.

Finally got a decent night's sleep; made decent wages in the new job.

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Morally upright; moral or respectable.
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Showing thoughtfulness or consideration.

Let a decent interval go by before calling.

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Suitable; fitting.

Had nothing decent to wear to the reception.

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Properly or modestly dressed.

The guests are here—are you decent?

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Proper and fitting.

A decent burial.

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Not immodest; not obscene; chaste.

Decent language.

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Reasonably good; adequate.

Decent wages.

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Fair and kind.

Decent treatment.

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Adequately clothed for propriety.
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(of a person) Having a suitable conformity to basic moral standards; showing integrity, fairness, or other characteristics associated with moral uprightness.
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Sufficiently clothed or dressed to be seen.

Are you decent? May I come in?

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Fair; good enough; okay.

He's a decent saxophonist, but probably not good enough to make a career of it.

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There are a decent number of references out there, if you can find them.

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Characterized by conformity to recognized standards of propriety or morality.

A respected citizen who led a decent life; children brought up in decent homes.

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Conforming to approved social standards; respectable.

Decent apparel.

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Origin of decent

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”); [Devanagari?] Sanskrit dacasyati (“shows honor, is gracious”), dacati (“makes offerings, bestows”)). Meaning kind, pleasant is from 1902.