- 1Conforming with generally accepted standards of respectable or moral behaviour: a decent clean-living individualMore example sentences
- Since then thousands of youngsters have learned good manners, decent behaviour and mutual respect, all through the seemingly anachronistic art of ballroom dancing.
- We could help to maintain decent moral standards in advertising, by using our own purchasing power ethically.
- We should be here in the House to establish decent standards of behaviour in our society.
- 1.1Appropriate; fitting: they would meet again after a decent intervalMore example sentences
proper, correct, appropriate, apt, apposite, fitting, fit, befitting, right, suitable, respectable, dignified, becoming, decorous, seemly, modest, nice, tasteful, in good taste, refined, genteel; conventional, accepted, approved, standard, traditional, orthodox; French comme il faut• informal pukka
- One source told Hersh that ‘after a decent interval,’ he would depart.
- Some 19 months later, time enough for five or six decent intervals, Tenet still holds the job and appears to have job security, too.
- Then came the main courses - served after a decent interval to allow some digesting and conversation to take place before studious consumption resumed.
- 1.2Not likely to shock or embarrass others: a decent high-necked dressMore example sentences
- I also wondered why a manufacturer would make an otherwise decent dress too sheer so everyone can have a perve at your undies if you wear it.
- From the sounds downstairs, my mother was trying to recover from last night's hangover and put on a decent dress for her daughters' weddings.
- She got out of bed and changed into a decent dress of woolspun.
- 1.3 • informal Sufficiently clothed to see visitors: ‘Hello, miss? Are you decent?’More example sentences
- Over the weekend I tend to wander around in my pyjamas, contact lenses not yet inserted, until after breakfast, before attempting to dress and get decent.
- Now go get yourself decent, I'll call a cab
- ‘Lyn are you there?’ Andrea said knocking. ‘Are you decent?’
- 2 [attributive] Of an acceptable standard; satisfactory: people need decent homesMore example sentences
- As always I struck up a conversation with the barista, commenting it had been three days since I'd had a decent cup of coffee.
- The text is a decent size; leading satisfactory; and it's longish - nearly 400 pages - but not too long.
- They were both pretty ordinary, lived normal lives, made satisfactory grades and were decent looking.
- 2.1Good: there’s a few decent players in the teamMore example sentences
- Cash also plays its part in managerial success, but the £5m that Moyes has been given to spend represents no more than a down payment on a decent Premiership player.
- Somehow, the York players transformed themselves into what we all know they have the potential to be - decent rugby players.
- A person who loves watching movies can never be alone when they have a decent VHS or DVD player.
- 2.2British • informal Kind, obliging, or generous: that’s awfully decent of youMore example sentences
honourable, honest, trustworthy, dependable, worthy, respectable, upright, clean-living, incorrupt, virtuous, good, ethical, moral; obliging, helpful, accommodating, indulgent, unselfish, altruistic, generous, kind, kindly, thoughtful, considerate, courteous, civil, polite, well mannered, neighbourly, hospitable, pleasant, agreeable, amiable• informal squeaky clean• dated mannerly• rare regardful
- Frank has always been approachable, a very honest, decent, generous man, with a great sense of humour too.
- Lots of Tories hold a strange affection to the ageing leftie, and when I read the last volume of his diaries he came across as a very decent, generous fellow.
- So let no-one say British people aren't decent, aren't generous.
do the decent thing
- Take the most honourable or appropriate course of action, even if is not necessarily in one’s own interests: after his defeat he should do the decent thing and step downMore example sentences
- It is high time that all concerned get off their horse and do the decent thing in the interest of the people.
- Everyone makes mistakes and when they do, responsible media outlets do the decent thing and retract, apologise and pay damages if necessary.
- Politicians, on the other hand, are not generally known or recognised for doing the decent thing, most especially in the campaign leading up to a general election.
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- For the next couple of years, he batted decently, with fairly successful series in West Indies and England.
- In fact, they treated us pretty decently still, and promised to get my land line fixed and ADSL set up soon.
- In the past some large organisations treated people paternalistically, but reasonably decently.
mid 16th century (in the sense 'suitable, appropriate'): from Latin decent- 'being fitting', from the verb decere.