decent Definition

  • 1conforming with generally accepted standards of respectable or moral behavior
  • 2of an acceptable standard; satisfactory

Using decent: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "decent" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    He is a decent man who always tries to do the right thing.

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    The hotel was decent but not luxurious.

  • Example

    She earns a decent salary.

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    It's only decent to help someone in need.

decent Synonyms and Antonyms

Phrases with decent

  • to earn enough money to live comfortably


    He works hard to make a decent living for his family.

  • a reasonable amount of time between two events, especially when one event follows another


    There should be a decent interval between the end of the ceremony and the start of the reception.

  • a person who is kind, honest, and reliable


    He's a decent chap who would never let you down.

Origins of decent

from Latin 'decentem', meaning 'becoming, fitting'


Summary: decent in Brief

The term 'decent' [ˈdiːsnt] refers to conforming to generally accepted standards of behavior or being of an acceptable standard. It can describe a person, such as 'He is a decent man,' or a thing, such as 'The hotel was decent.' 'Decent' can also be used in phrases like 'make a decent living' and 'a decent interval.'

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