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[dee-suh nt] /ˈdi sənt/
adjective
1.
conforming to the recognized standard of propriety, good taste, modesty, etc., as in behavior or speech.
2.
respectable; worthy:
a decent family.
3.
adequate; fair; passable:
a decent wage.
4.
kind; obliging; generous:
It was very decent of him to lend me his watch.
5.
suitable; appropriate:
She did not have a decent coat for the cold winter.
6.
of fairly attractive appearance:
a decent face.
7.
Informal. wearing enough clothing to appear in public.
8.
Slang. great; wonderful.
Origin
1485-1495
1485-95; < Latin decent- (stem of decēns) fitting (present participle of decēre to be fitting; see -ent), akin to decus honor
Related forms
decently, adverb
decentness, noun
Can be confused
decent, descent, dissent.
Synonyms
1. seemly, proper, decorous. 5. apt, fit, becoming.
Antonyms
1. unseemly. 5. inappropriate.
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British Dictionary definitions for de cent

decent

/ˈdiːsənt/
adjective
1.
polite or respectable a decent family
2.
proper and suitable; fitting a decent burial
3.
conforming to conventions of sexual behaviour; not indecent
4.
free of oaths, blasphemy, etc decent language
5.
good or adequate a decent wage
6.
(informal) kind; generous he was pretty decent to me
7.
(informal) sufficiently clothed to be seen by other people are you decent?
Derived Forms
decently, adverb
decentness, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin decēns suitable, from decēre to be fitting
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Word Origin and History for de cent
decent
1530s, "proper to one's station or rank," also "tasteful," from M.Fr. decent, from L. decentem (nom. decens, gen. decentis), prp. of decere "to be fitting or suitable," from PIE *deke-, from base *dek- "to take, accept, to receive, greet, be suitable" (cf. Gk. dokein "to appear, seem, think," dekhesthai "to accept;" Skt. dacasyati "shows honor, is gracious," dacati "makes offerings, bestows"). Meaning "kind, pleasant" is from 1902. Are you decent? (1949) was originally backstage theater jargon for "are you dressed."
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Slang definitions & phrases for de cent

decent

adjective

Good, often very good: makes a decent living


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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