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decent

The adjective decent means sufficient or acceptable. The local diner you like to frequent may not serve a four-star breakfast, but it probably has decent food.

Though the concept is a little dated, people of "decent society" are socially correct. They don't break the law, behave rudely, use impolite language, or wear inappropriate clothing. Decent can also mean "nice": Holding the door for a woman with a stroller is the decent thing to do. Lastly, decent can also mean "appropriately clothed" (or just "not naked"). If a stranger is knocking on your door, you're probably not going to answer it until you're decent.

Definitions of decent
  1. adjective
    socially or conventionally correct; refined or virtuous
    “from a decent family”
    synonyms: nice
    respectable
    characterized by socially or conventionally acceptable morals
  2. adjective
    according with custom or propriety
    “a decent burial”
    synonyms: becoming, comely, comme il faut, decorous, seemly
    proper
    marked by suitability or rightness or appropriateness
  3. adjective
    sufficient for the purpose
    “a decent wage”
    synonyms: adequate, enough
    sufficient
    of a quantity that can fulfill a need or requirement but without being abundant
  4. adjective
    decently clothed
    “are you decent?”
    Synonyms:
    modest
    not offensive to sexual mores in conduct or appearance
  5. adjective
    observing conventional sexual mores in speech or behavior or dress
    Synonyms:
    modest
    not offensive to sexual mores in conduct or appearance
  6. adjective
    conforming to conventions of sexual behavior
    “"speech in this circle, if not always decent, never became lewd"- George Santayana”
    Synonyms:
    clean, unobjectionable
    (of behavior or especially language) free from objectionable elements; fit for all observers
    decorous
    characterized by propriety and dignity and good taste in manners and conduct
    proper
    marked by suitability or rightness or appropriateness
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    Antonyms:
    indecent
    offensive to good taste especially in sexual matters
    dirty
    (of behavior or especially language) characterized by obscenity or indecency
    crude, earthy, gross, vulgar
    conspicuously and tastelessly indecent
    Hollywood
    flashy and vulgar
    indelicate
    verging on the indecent
    obscene
    designed to incite to indecency or lust
    suggestive
    tending to suggest something improper or indecent
    indecorous, indelicate
    lacking propriety and good taste in manners and conduct
    improper
    not suitable or right or appropriate
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  7. adverb
    in the right manner
    “can't you carry me decent?”
    synonyms: decently, in good order, properly, right, the right way
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    Antonyms:
    improperly
    in an improper way
Commonly confused words

decent / descent / dissent

Decent is all buttoned up. Descent has all the fun because it gets to climb down a mountain. Dissent is what you do when the glee club wants to get matching red outfits but you like purple.

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