• (British) IPA: /ˈdiːsənt/


  1. (obsolete) Appropriate; suitable for the circumstances.
  2. (of a person) Having a suitable conformity to basic moral standards; showing integrity, fairness, or other characteristics associated with moral uprightness.
  3. (informal) Sufficiently clothed or dressed to be seen.
    Are you decent? May I come in?
  4. Fair; good enough; okay.
    • 1991, Stephen Fry, The Liar, p. 35:
      And ‘blubbing’... Blubbing went out with ‘decent’ and ‘ripping’. Mind you, not a bad new language to start up. Nineteen-twenties schoolboy slang could be due for a revival.
    He's a decent saxophonist, but probably not good enough to make a career of it.
  5. Significant; substantial.
    There are a decent number of references out there, if you can find them.
  6. (obsolete) Comely; shapely; well-formed.
    • a. 1645, John Milton, “Il Penseroso”, in Poems of Mr. John Milton, […] , London: Printed by Ruth Raworth for Humphrey Moſely,  […], published 1645, OCLC 606951673 ↗, page 38 ↗:
      And ſable ſtole of Cipres Lawn,
      Over thy decent ſhoulders drawn.
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