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decent

[ dee-suhnt ]SEE DEFINITION OF decent
  • adj.respectable, appropriate
  • adj.kind, generous
  • adj.sufficient, tolerable

Synonyms for decent

  • correct
  • good
  • honest
  • honorable
  • modest
  • noble
  • polite
  • proper
  • prudent
  • trustworthy
  • right
  • approved
  • becoming
  • befitting
  • chaste
  • clean
  • comely
  • comme il faut
  • conforming
  • continent
  • decorous
  • delicate
  • ethical
  • fit
  • fitting
  • immaculate
  • mannerly
  • moral
  • nice
  • on the up and up
  • presentable
  • pure
  • reserved
  • seemly
  • spotless
  • stainless
  • standard
  • straight
  • straight arrow
  • straight shooting
  • suitable
  • unblemished
  • undefiled
  • untarnished
  • upright
  • virtuous
  • worthy
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Antonyms for decent

  • improper
  • incorrect
  • misbehaving
  • unrefined
  • unreliable
  • unsophisticated
  • unsuitable
  • untrustworthy
  • disobliging
  • inappropriate
  • indecent
  • insufficient
  • intolerable
  • poor
  • unaccommodating
  • ungenerous
  • unkind
  • unrespectable
  • unsuited
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR DECENT

Decent, unpretentious folks, somewhat new, but with loads of money.

He seems too decent to marry that way—and yet it's the only way I could marry him.

If she had, now, she might cure some decent girl of her infatuation.

That kind of folks never do get killed; it's the decent ones.

I mean the mounted and disreputable portion, not the decent infantry.

Yet that must be done, in all decent dignity; and at length it was done.

It was decent of Winkleman to keep himself in the background just at first.

But if you tell the truth and say he's the decent fellow he is, he'll land you in the workhouse!

"I must get a job of some sort that will bring a decent amount of money," he said to Hinde.

So we waited, with only a decent pretence of interest in the fitful talk.

WORD ORIGIN

1530s, "proper to one's station or rank," also "tasteful," from Middle French décent, or directly from Latin decentem (nominative decens) "becoming, seemly, fitting, proper," present participle of decere "to be fitting or suitable," from PIE *deke-, from root *dek- "to take, accept, to receive, greet, be suitable" (cf. Greek dokein "to appear, seem, think," dekhesthai "to accept;" Sanskrit daśasyati "shows honor, is gracious," dacati "makes offerings, bestows;" Latin docere "to teach," decus "grace, ornament"). Meaning "kind, pleasant" is from 1902. Are you decent? (1949) was originally backstage theater jargon for "are you dressed."

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adjectiveacceptable

adequate

adjectiveenough, able
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