- Suitable in words, behavior, dress, or ceremony; becoming; fit; decorous; proper; seemly; as, decent conduct; decent language."Before his decent steps." [Milton.]
- Free from immodesty or obscenity; modest.
- 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.]
- 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.]
Etymology: L. decens decentis, p. pr. of decere to be fitting or becoming; akin to decus glory, honor, ornament, Gr. dokei^n to seem good, to seem, think; cf. Skr. dāç to grant, to give; and perh. akin to E. attire tire: cf. F. décent. Cf. Decorate Decorum Deign