(adjective, adverb)


1. socially or conventionally correct; refined or virtuous

- from a decent family

Similar word(s): respectable, nice

2. in harmony with the spirit of particular persons or occasion

- a decent burial

Similar word(s): proper, fitting

3. conforming to conventions of sexual behavior

- speech in this circle, if not always decent, never became lewd

Similar word(s): clean, unobjectionable, decorous, proper

4. sufficiently clothed to see visitors or appear in public

- are you decent?

Similar word(s): modest

5. observing conventional sexual mores in speech or behavior or dress

- though one of her shoulder straps had slipped down, she was perfectly decent by current standards

Similar word(s): modest

6. meeting requirements

- I would kill for a decent cup of coffee

- a decent wage

Similar word(s): good, acceptable, satisfactory

Sentences with decent as an adjective:

- Are you decent? May I come in?

- He's a decent saxophonist, but probably not good enough to make a career of it.

- There are a decent number of references out there, if you can find them.


1. in the right manner; correctly; suitably

- can't you carry me decent?

Similar word(s): decently, properly, right