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adjective de·cent \ˈdē-sənt\

: polite, moral, and honest

: showing kindness : seeming to care about the feelings or problems of other people

: good enough but not the best : adequate or acceptable

Full Definition of DECENT

a :  appropriate
b :  well-formed :  handsome
a :  conforming to standards of propriety, good taste, or morality <decent behavior>
b :  modestly clothed
:  free from immodesty or obscenity <decent language>
:  fairly good :  adequate, satisfactory <decent wages>
:  marked by moral integrity, kindness, and goodwill <hard-working and decent folks> <it's very decent of them to help>
de·cent·ly adverb

Examples of DECENT

  1. I don't understand how so decent a person could be involved with this kind of crime.
  2. He is a decent guy who would help anyone in need.
  3. You need to do the decent thing and tell her what happened.
  4. Are there any decent schools in that area?
  5. I've got to get some decent clothes.
  6. Not long afterward, his father's health starts to fail. Mrs. Queenan has kicked him out, and he's landed in a flophouse. When word reaches Joe, he takes out his checkbook and moves his father into a decent apartment. —James McManus, New York Times Book Review, 26 Apr. 2009

Origin of DECENT

Middle French or Latin; Middle French, from Latin decent-, decens, present participle of decēre to be fitting; akin to Latin decus honor, dignus worthy, Greek dokein to seem, seem good
First Known Use: 1539

Synonym Discussion of DECENT

chaste, pure, modest, decent mean free from all taint of what is lewd or salacious. chaste primarily implies a refraining from acts or even thoughts or desires that are not virginal or not sanctioned by marriage vows <they maintained chaste relations>. pure differs from chaste in implying innocence and absence of temptation rather than control of one's impulses and actions <the pure of heart>. modest and decent apply especially to deportment and dress as outward signs of inward chastity or purity <preferred more modest swimsuits> <decent people didn't go to such movies>.

Rhymes with DECENT

DECENTLY Defined for Kids


adjective de·cent \ˈdē-sənt\

Definition of DECENT for Kids

:  meeting an accepted standard of good manners or morality <Do the decent thing and confess.>
:  being moral and good <She was raised by decent folks.>
:  not offensive <decent language>
:  fairly good <decent grades>
de·cent·ly adverb


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