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Synonyms for decent
ˈdi səntde·cent

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  1. decentadjective


  2. decentadjective


  3. decentadjective


  4. decentadjective

    Are you decent? May I come in?


  5. decentadjective

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


  6. decentadjective

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


  7. decentadjective

    A sable stole of cyprus lawn / Over thy decent shoulders drawn \uE000163484 Milton.


English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. decent

    That is becoming in dress which suits the complexion, figure, and other qualities of the wearer, so as to produce on the whole a pleasing effect. That is decent which does not offend modesty or propriety. That is suitable which is adapted to the age, station, situation, and other circumstances of the wearer; coarse, heavy boots are suitable for farm-work; a juvenile style of dress is not suitable for an old lady. In conduct much the same rules apply. The dignity and gravity of a patriarch would not be becoming to a child; at a funeral lively, cheery sociability would not be decorous, while noisy hilarity would not be decent; sumptuous display would not be suitable for a poor person. Fit is a compendious term for whatever fits the person, time, place, occasion, etc.; as, a fit person; a fit abode; a fit place. Fitting, or befitting, is somewhat more elegant, implying a nicer adaptation. Meet, a somewhat archaic word, expresses a moral fitness; as, meet for heaven. Compare BEAUTIFUL.

    becoming, befitting, beseeming, comely, congruous, decorous, fit, fitting, graceful, meet, neat, proper, seemly, suitable, worthy

    awkward, ill-becoming, ill-fitting, improper, indecent, indecorous, unbecoming, unfit, unseemly, unsuitable

    The dress was becoming to the wearer. Such conduct was becoming in him.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. decent, niceadjective

    socially or conventionally correct; refined or virtuous

    "from a decent family"; "a nice girl"

    comme il faut, courteous, overnice, adequate, decorous, comely, becoming, squeamish, gracious, dainty, enough, skillful, nice, prissy, seemly

    improper, unrespectable, gross, immodest, deficient, Hollywood, crude, suggestive, indelicate, indecent, obscene, vulgar, insufficient, earthy

  2. becoming, comely, comme il faut, decent, decorous, seemlyadjective

    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"

    comme il faut, fair, bonnie, adequate, becoming, comely, bonny, enough, nice, decorous, sightly, seemly

    suggestive, obscene, indelicate, improper, immodest, deficient, earthy, unrespectable, Hollywood, insufficient, gross, vulgar, crude, indecent

  3. decentadjective

    conforming to conventions of sexual behavior

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

    comme il faut, adequate, decorous, comely, becoming, enough, nice, seemly

    Hollywood, improper, unrespectable, indecent, obscene, indelicate, earthy, gross, deficient, vulgar, suggestive, immodest, crude, insufficient

  4. adequate, decent, enoughadjective

    sufficient for the purpose

    "an adequate income"; "the food was adequate"; "a decent wage"; "enough food"; "food enough"

    comme il faut, fair to middling, comely, tolerable, passable, becoming, equal, decorous, adequate, enough, nice, seemly

    improper, unrespectable, obscene, earthy, immodest, indelicate, vulgar, insufficient, gross, Hollywood, deficient, crude, indecent, suggestive

  5. decentadjective

    decently clothed

    "are you decent?"

    comme il faut, adequate, decorous, comely, becoming, enough, nice, seemly

    insufficient, earthy, vulgar, improper, obscene, suggestive, immodest, crude, Hollywood, indecent, indelicate, deficient, gross, unrespectable

  6. decentadverb

    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"

    comme il faut, adequate, decorous, comely, becoming, enough, nice, seemly

    deficient, Hollywood, crude, vulgar, suggestive, immodest, unrespectable, indecent, obscene, earthy, improper, gross, indelicate, insufficient

  7. properly, decently, decent, in good order, right, the right wayadverb

    in the right manner

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

    in good order, the right way, by rights, powerful, decently, justly, flop, properly, right on, mightily, right, correctly, mighty, aright

    indelicate, Hollywood, suggestive, immodest, insufficient, crude, deficient, gross, obscene, vulgar, unrespectable, earthy, improper, indecent

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. decentadjective

    proper, becoming, fit, befitting, suitable, decorous, seemly, comely

  2. decentadjective

    modest, delicate, pure

  3. decentadjective

    tolerable, passable, moderate, respectable

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. decentadjective

    suitable, modest, decorous, seemly, respectable


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  1. Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott:

    He knew that the place where MH17 came to rest was sacred and that a piece of it should come back to Australia, it was a humane and decent thing for him to know and do. It was a contrast to the savagery that brought down the plane.

  2. Isaac Herzog:

    No decent leader would join the 'Netanyahu circus' that you put together at the last minute, on the strength of one seat, only to extend your rule.

  3. Dorothy Marcic:

    You know, I never thought that I cared about court justice, i just wanted the truth to come up. I couldn’t find any evidence of my uncle being abusive. He and Suzanne certainly argued a lot… But I just needed to know the truth. And I felt that was justice. My uncle was a decent man, but he had an Achilles' heel. He lost his life and he’s not here to defend himself.

  4. Keith Whittington:

    I think increasingly the administration is in the territory where really it's making political arguments, not really legal arguments, they're not arguments that are designed to persuade lawyers that there's some kind of decent constitutional grounds for what the administration wants to do here. It's designed to set up a political fight, including a political fight in the Senate.

  5. Tom Zegan:

    Why do toasters always have a setting that burns the toast to a horrible crisp which no decent human being would eat?

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  • لائقArabic
  • значителен, благоприличен, приличенBulgarian
  • slušnýCzech
  • anständigGerman
  • decenteSpanish
  • kelpo, kunnollinen, pukeissa, käypä, rehellinen, huomattava, säädyllinen, kunnon, ihan hyväFinnish
  • décent, intègre, substantielFrench
  • cothromach, iomchaidhScottish Gaelic
  • הגוןHebrew
  • सभ्यHindi
  • presentabile, perbeneItalian
  • შესაფერისი, წესიერი, ზრდილიGeorgian
  • 어지간한Korean
  • significant, substantieel, toonbaar, redelijk, integerDutch
  • niezły, przyzwoityPolish
  • decentePortuguese
  • порядочный, неплохой, хороший, одетый, благопристойный, приличныйRussian
  • spodobenSlovene
  • anständig, hyfsadSwedish
  • கண்ணியமானTamil
  • adam gibi, terbiyeli, yeterli, saygın, makul, edepliTurkish
  • ГіднийUkrainian

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