1) ADJ: usu ADJ n Decent is used to describe something which is considered to be of an acceptable standard or quality.

Nearby is a village with a decent pub...

He didn't get a decent explanation...

The lack of a decent education did not defeat Rey.

reasonable, acceptable
Derived words:
decently ADV-GRADED usu ADV with v, also ADV adj

The allies say they will treat their prisoners decently...

This year's festival can boast a decently long list of sponsors.

2) ADJ: usu ADJ n Decent is used to describe something which is morally correct or acceptable.

But, after a decent interval, trade relations began to return to normal...

She watched his face, as the coffin was lowered into the ground. As soon as it was decent, he plunged through the crowd towards the cars.

Derived words:
decently ADV-GRADED usu ADV with v, also ADV adj

There were at least four hours before he could decently go to the pub...

And can't you dress more decently - people will think you're a tramp.

3) ADJ-GRADED: usu ADJ n Decent people are honest and behave in a way that most people approve of.

The majority of people around here are decent people...

The jury will see what a decent guy he is.

4) PHRASE: V inflects If you say that someone should do the decent thing, you mean that they should do something which they do not really want to do, but which you think they ought to do.

He should do the decent thing and resign.

English dictionary. 2008.


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  • décent — décent, ente [ desɑ̃, ɑ̃t ] adj. • XVe; lat. decens, de decere → décence 1 ♦ Qui est conforme à la décence (notamment en matière sexuelle). ⇒ bienséant, convenable. Une conduite peu décente. Tenue décente. ⇒ chaste, pudique. 2 ♦ Vieilli Qui a de… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • decent — DECÉNT, Ă, decenţi, te, adj. Cuviincios, pudic. – Din fr. décent, lat. decens, ntis. Trimis de RACAI, 27.03.2009. Sursa: DEX 98  Decent ≠ indecent, necuviincios, impertinent, insolent, neruşinat, obraznic Trimis de siveco, 03.08.2004. Sursa:… …   Dicționar Român

  • decent — de cent (d[=e] sent), a. [L. decens, decentis, p. pr. of decere to be fitting or becoming; akin to decus glory, honor, ornament, Gr. dokei^n to seem good, to seem, think; cf. Skr. d[=a][,c] to grant, to give; and perh. akin to E. attire, tire: cf …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • decent — [dē′sənt] adj. [MFr décent < L decens (gen decentis), prp. of decere, to befit < IE base * dek̑ , to receive, greet, be suitable, teach > Sans da̍kšati, (he) is helpful, L docere, to teach, Gr dokein, to think, seem] 1. proper and… …   English World dictionary

  • décent — décent, ente (dé san, san t ) adj. 1°   Qui est conforme à la décence. Costume décent. Mise décente. •   Ce n est point assez que les moeurs du théâtre ne soient point mauvaises, il faut encore qu elles soient décentes et instructives, LA BRUY. I …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • décent — DÉCENT, ENTE. adject. Qui est dans les termes de la décence, selon les règles de la bienséance et de l honnêteté extérieure. Il n est pas décent à un Magistrat de... Être en habit décent …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie Française 1798

  • decent — 1530s, proper to one s station or rank, also tasteful, from M.Fr. décent, or directly from L. decentem (nom. decens) becoming, seemly, fitting, proper, prp. of decere to be fitting or suitable, from PIE *deke , from root *dek to take, accept, to… …   Etymology dictionary

  • decent — [adj1] respectable, appropriate approved, becoming, befitting, chaste, clean, comely, comme il faut, conforming, continent, correct, decorous, delicate, ethical, fit, fitting, good, honest, honorable, immaculate, mannerly, modest, moral, nice,… …   New thesaurus

  • decent — Decent, [decen]te. adj. Qui est dans les termes de la decence, selon les regles de la bienseance, & de l honnesteté exterieure. Il n est pas decent à un Magistrat. estre en habit decent …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • decent — Decent, et convenable, Decens. Il est decent et raisonnable de faire ainsi, Fieri sic decet. Cic …   Thresor de la langue françoyse

  • Decēnt — (v. lat.), schicklich, anständig; daher Decenz, Anstand, Schicklichkeit …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

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