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Definition 1: conforming to conventions of sexual behavior - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where decent or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

(means also ...) (of behavior or especially language) free from objectionable elements; fit for all observers

"good clean fun" "a clean joke"

(means also ...) characterized by propriety and dignity and good taste in manners and conduct

"the tete-a-tete was decorous in the extreme"

(means also ...) marked by suitability or rightness or appropriateness

"proper medical treatment" "proper manners"

Definition 2: in the right manner; correctly; suitably - [adverb denoting all]

Samples where decent or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • please do your job properly!
  • can't you carry me decent?

Synonyms for decent in the sense of this definition

Definition 3: meeting requirements - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where decent or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the step makes a satisfactory seat
  • I would kill for a decent cup of coffee
  • a decent wage

Synonyms for decent in the sense of this definition

(decent is similar to ...) having desirable or positive qualities especially those suitable for a thing specified

"good news from the hospital" "a good report card" "when she was good she was very very good" "a good knife is one good for cutting" "this stump will make a good picnic table" "a good check" "a good joke" "a good exterior paint" "a good secretary" "a good dress for the office"

Definition 4: observing conventional sexual mores in speech or behavior or dress - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where decent or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

(decent is similar to ...) not offensive to sexual mores in conduct or appearance

"a modest neckline in her dress covered her up to her collarbone"

Definition 5: in harmony with the spirit of particular persons or occasion - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where decent or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a decent burial
  • We have come to dedicate a portion of that field...It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this

Synonyms for decent in the sense of this definition

(decent is similar to ...) marked by suitability or rightness or appropriateness

"proper medical treatment" "proper manners"

Definition 6: socially or conventionally correct; refined or virtuous - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where decent or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • from a decent family
  • a nice girl

Synonyms for decent in the sense of this definition

(decent is similar to ...) characterized by socially or conventionally acceptable morals

"a respectable woman"

Definition 7: sufficiently clothed to see visitors or appear in public - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where decent or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • are you decent?

(decent is similar to ...) not offensive to sexual mores in conduct or appearance

"a modest neckline in her dress covered her up to her collarbone"

(decent is used in the usage domain ...) a colloquial expression; characteristic of spoken or written communication that seeks to imitate informal speech

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