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Definition of "decent" []

  • Characterized by conformity to recognized standards of propriety or morality. (adjective)
  • Free from indelicacy; modest. (adjective)
  • Meeting accepted standards; adequate: a decent salary. (adjective)
  • Morally upright; respectable. (adjective)
  • Kind or obliging: very decent of them to lend you money. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "decent" in a sentence
  • "Old alligators -- one couldn't call you men, and it's enough to make decent men squirm that you should be at large and be called by the same name -- can act like you and yet be considered respectable, but this is to show you what _decent_ women think of your likes, and their spirits are with us in armies to-night in what we are doing."
  • ""decent people" advisedly, for those who bring this kind of suit _are decent_, wishing to act honorably and kindly, and carrying out the always difficult severing of the marriage bond with as little pain as possible."
  • "Astellas, which trades at below five times its earnings before interest, has bought back about 20% of its stock in the past seven years, Mr. de Lardemelle said, and has what he called a decent pipeline of drug development."