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]
EtymologyProper to one's station or rank, also tasteful, from Middle French decent, from decentem (nominative decens, genitive decentis), present participle of decere, from , from base (compare Greek dokein, dekhesthai; Sanskrit dacasyati, dacati). Meaning kind, pleasant is from 1902.
- fair; good enough;
- He's a decent saxophonist, but probably not good enough to make a career of it.
- There are a decent number of references out there, if you can find them.
- sufficiently clothed
or dressed to be seen
- Are you decent? Can I come in?
- being a person of integrity
fair; good enough; okay
being a person of integrity
Usage notesSometimes confused with descent.
Decency is conformity to sociocultural standards of conduct and speech.
Standards of decency vary greatly depending on the cultural context. Most nations have laws against indecency which regulate certain sexual acts, and restrict one's ability to display certain parts of the body in public (see indecent exposure).
Definitions of indecency in England and WalesThe terms indecency and indecent have wide application in English law, but are not defined in any legislation. Historically, the words' dictionary definitions (as opposed to legal definitions) helped to resolve legal disputes concerning the scope or application of the terms.
- In R v Stanley (1965), Lord Parker attempted to differentiate indecency from obscenity:
- In Knuller v DPP, Lord Reid said that indecency includes "anything which an ordinary decent man or woman would find to be shocking, disgusting, or revolting."
- In R v Graham-Kerr (1988), Stocker L. J. said that the appropriate test in the case of the Protection of Children Act 1978 was the application of the "recognised standards of propriety" stated in R v Stamford (1972).
- Public Decency, Seeming Child Porn and the Web
- First Amendment Library entry on U.S. Supreme Court Cases re Indecent Speech
- American Decency Association
- 2005, Senate Commerce, Science & Transportation Cmte. Hearing on Decency in the Media archive at CSpan. [http://inside.c-spanarchives.org:8080/cspan/cspan.csp?command=dprogram&record=190192705]
- Entertainment Software Rating Board
decent in German: Anstand
decent in French: Décence
decent in Dutch: Fatsoen
decent in Portuguese: Decência
decent in Russian: Порядочность
decent in Serbian: Пристојност
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