What is the meaning of decent?


  • Socially or conventionally correct; refined or virtuous.
    • usage: "from a decent family"; "a nice girl"
  • According with custom or propriety.
    • usage: "her becoming modesty"; "comely behavior"; "it is not comme il faut for a gentleman to be constantly asking for money"; "a decent burial"; "seemly behavior"
  • Conforming to conventions of sexual behavior. "speech in this circle, if not always decent, never became lewd- George Santayana
  • Sufficient for the purpose.
    • usage: "an adequate income"; "the food was adequate"; "a decent wage"; "enough food"; "food enough"
  • Decently clothed.
    • usage: "are you decent"
  • Observing conventional sexual mores in speech or behavior or dress.
    • usage: "a modest neckline in her dress"; "though one of her shoulder straps had slipped down, she was perfectly decent by current standards"


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