decent

[dee-suhnt]
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:
1485–95; < Latin decent- (stem of decēns) fitting (present participle of decēre to be fitting; see -ent), akin to decus honor

decently, adverb
decentness, noun

decent, descent, dissent.


1. seemly, proper, decorous. 5. apt, fit, becoming.


1. unseemly. 5. inappropriate.
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decent (ˈdiːsənt)
 
adj
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?
 
[C16: from Latin decēns suitable, from decēre to be fitting]
 
'decently
 
adv
 
'decentness
 
n

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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 Dictionary

decent definition


  1. mod.
    good; very good. : This is some pretty decent jazz.
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Example sentences
But poor people on the planet are going to want to have a decent standard of
  living.
I've always been kind of shy, a decent listener, and not the kind of person who
  interrupts a lot.
It has a decent battery life, a huge hard drive, and roomy 16-inch display.
Don't attack other readers personally, and keep your language decent.
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