Definitions for: Decent


[adv] in the right manner; "please do your job properly!"; "can't you carry me decent?"
[adj] conforming to conventions of sexual behavior; "speech in this circle, if not always decent, never became lewd"- George Santayana
[adj] 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"
[adj] (informal) decently clothed; "are you decent?"
[adj] 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"
[adj] socially or conventionally correct; refined or virtuous; "from a decent family"; "a nice girl"
[adj] enough to meet a purpose; "an adequate income"; "the food was adequate"; "a decent wage"; "enough food"; "food enough"



Webster (1913) Definition: De"cent, a. [L. decens, decentis, p. pr. of decere to
be fitting or becoming; akin to decus glory, honor, ornament,
Gr. ? to seem good, to seem, think; cf. Skr. d?c to grant, to
give; and perh. akin to E. attire, tire: cf. F. d['e]cent.
Cf. Decorate, Decorum, Deig?.]
1. Suitable in words, behavior, dress, or ceremony; becoming;
fit; decorous; proper; seemly; as, decent conduct; decent
language. --Shak.

Before his decent steps. --Milton.

2. Free from immodesty or obscenity; modest.

3. Comely; shapely; well-formed. [Archaic]

A sable stole of cyprus lawn Over thy decent
shoulders drawn. --Milton.

By foreign hands thy decent limbs composed. --Pope.

4. Moderate, but competent; sufficient; hence, respectable;
fairly good; reasonably comfortable or satisfying; as, a
decent fortune; a decent person.

A decent retreat in the mutability of human affairs.
--Burke.
-- De"cent*ly, adv. -- De"cent*ness, n.

Synonyms: adequate, becoming, comely, comme il faut, decently, enough, in good order, modest, nice, properly, respectable, right, seemly, sufficient, the right way

Antonyms: improperly, indecent

See Also: clean, decorous, proper, unobjectionable

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