Definition of decent adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈdiːsnt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈdiːsnt//
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  1. 1of a good enough standard or quality (informal) a decent meal/job/place to live I need a decent night's sleep.
  2. 2(of people or behaviour) honest and fair; treating people with respect ordinary, decent, hard-working people Everyone said he was a decent sort of guy. See related entries: Honest
  3. 3acceptable to people in a particular situation a decent burial That dress isn't decent. She ought to have waited for a decent interval before getting married again.
  4. 4(informal) wearing enough clothes to allow somebody to see you I can't go to the door—I'm not decent. compare indecent
  5. Word Originmid 16th cent. (in the sense ‘suitable, appropriate’): from Latin decent- ‘being fitting’, from the verb decere.Extra examples I think the minister should do the decent thing and resign. My uncle has been pretty decent to me. The bar looked decent enough. We had trouble finding a hotel that was halfway decent. He looks as if he could do with a decent meal. I need a decent night’s sleep. Local people made sure the soldiers were given a decent burial. She should have waited a decent interval before marrying again. The chairman must now do the decent thing and resign. These are ordinary, decent, hard-working people. This place looks decent enough - let’s stay here. We aim to provide decent affordable housing for everyone.Idioms to do what people or society expect, especially in a difficult situation He did the decent thing and resigned.
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