1. Suitable in words, behavior, dress, or ceremony; becoming; fit; decorous; proper; seemly; as, decent conduct; decent language.
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.
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: 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]