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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Decent  \De"cent\,  a.  [L.  decens,  decentis  p.  pr  of  decere  to 
  be  fitting  or  becoming;  akin  to  decus  glory,  honor,  ornament, 
  Gr  ?  to  seem  good,  to  seem,  think;  cf  Skr.  d?c  to  grant,  to 
  give  and  perh.  akin  to  E.  attire,  tire:  cf  F.  d['e]cent. 
  Cf  {Decorate},  {Decorum},  {Deig?}.] 
  1.  Suitable  in  words  behavior,  dress,  or  ceremony;  becoming; 
  fit  decorous;  proper;  seemly;  as  decent  conduct;  decent 
  language.  --Shak. 
 
  Before  his  decent  steps.  --Milton. 
 
  2.  Free  from  immodesty  or  obscenity;  modest. 
 
  3.  Comely;  shapely;  well-formed.  [Archaic] 
 
  A  sable  stole  of  cyprus  lawn  Over  thy  decent 
  shoulders  drawn.  --Milton. 
 
  By  foreign  hands  thy  decent  limbs  composed.  --Pope. 
 
  4.  Moderate,  but  competent;  sufficient;  hence  respectable; 
  fairly  good;  reasonably  comfortable  or  satisfying;  as  a 
  decent  fortune;  a  decent  person. 
 
  A  decent  retreat  in  the  mutability  of  human  affairs. 
  --Burke. 
  --  {De"cent*ly},  adv  --  {De"cent*ness},  n. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  decent 
  adj  1:  socially  or  conventionally  correct;  refined  or  virtuous; 
  "from  a  decent  family";  "a  nice  girl"  [syn:  {nice}] 
  2:  according  with  custom  or  propriety;  "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"  [syn:  {becoming},  {comely},  {comme 
  il  faut},  {decorous},  {seemly}] 
  3:  conforming  to  conventions  of  sexual  behavior;  "speech  in 
  this  circle,  if  not  always  decent,  never  became  lewd"- 
  George  Santayana  [ant:  {indecent}] 
  4:  enough  to  meet  a  purpose;  "an  adequate  income";  "the  food 
  was  adequate";  "a  decent  wage";  "enough  food";  "food 
  enough"  [syn:  {adequate},  {enough}] 
  5:  (informal)  decently  clothed;  "are  you  decent?" 
  6:  observing  conventional  sexual  mores  in  speech  or  behavior  or 
  dress;  "a  modest  neckline  in  her  dress";  "though  one  of 
  her  shoulder  straps  had  slipped  down  she  was  perfectly 
  decent  by  current  standards" 
  adv  :  in  the  right  manner;  "please  do  your  job  properly!"  "can't 
  you  carry  me  decent?"  [syn:  {properly},  {decently},  {in 
  good  order},  {right},  {the  right  way}]  [ant:  {improperly}] 




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