decentness


Also found in: Thesaurus, Legal, Idioms.

de·cent

 (dē′sənt)
adj.
1.
a. Characterized by conformity to recognized standards of propriety or morality: a respected citizen who led a decent life; children brought up in decent homes.
b. Morally upright; moral or respectable: "the corruption that allows the unscrupulous to grow rich while decent people labor to earn an honest wage" (Amitav Ghosh).
c. Kind or obliging: very decent of them to lend you money.
d. Showing thoughtfulness or consideration: let a decent interval go by before calling.
2. Free from indelicacy or obscenity; clean: decent television programming for children.
3. Fairly good; acceptable; satisfactory: finally got a decent night's sleep; made decent wages in the new job.
4.
a. Suitable; fitting: had nothing decent to wear to the reception.
b. Informal Properly or modestly dressed: The guests are here—are you decent?

[Latin decēns, decent-, present participle of decēre, to be fitting; see dek- in Indo-European roots.]

de′cent·ly adv.
de′cent·ness n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:

decentness

noun
Conformity to recognized standards, as of conduct or appearance:
References in periodicals archive ?
Still, their efforts to propagate the ideology that pure science was thriving, instead of, for example, supporting efforts to train Indonesian scientists, is hardly good evidence for the decentness of Dutch colonialism.
Russell and William Pritchard: "Much impressed by absolute decent character of former and cleverness and decentness of latter two.