decently


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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:
Adv.1.decently - in a decent manner; "they don't know how to dress decently"
indecently - in an indecent manner; "she was rather indecently dressed"
2.decently - in the right manner; "please do your job properly!"; "can't you carry me decent?"
Translations
بِلَياقَه، باحْتِشام
slušně
ordentligt
sómasamlega, òokkalega

decently

[ˈdiːsəntlɪ] ADV
1. (= respectably) → decentemente, decorosamente
2. (= kindly) → amablemente, con amabilidad
he very decently offered it to memuy amablemente me lo ofreció

decently

[ˈdiːsəntli] adv
(= properly) [behave] → convenablement; [live] → convenablement; [treat] → convenablement
They only want the chance to live their lives decently → Ils veulent simplement qu'on leur donne une chance de mener une vie convenable.
(= without discourtesy) [leave] → décemment
I thought I could decently leave, pleading work → Je pensais pouvoir décemment partir, prétextant que j'avais du travail.

decently

adv treat, pay, liveanständig; dress alsoschicklich (geh); buryrichtig, mit Anstand; you can’t decently ask him to do it nowSie können ihn jetzt kaum bitten, es zu tun

decently

[ˈdiːsntlɪ] adv (respectably) → decentemente, convenientemente; (kindly) → gentilmente

decent

(ˈdiːsnt) adjective
1. fairly good; of fairly good quality. a decent standard of living.
2. kindly, tolerant or likeable. He's a decent enough fellow.
3. not vulgar or immoral; modest. Keep your language decent!
ˈdecency noun
(the general idea of) what is proper, fitting, moral etc; the quality or act of being decent. In the interests of decency, we have banned nude bathing; He had the decency to admit that it was his fault.
ˈdecently adverb
in a manner acceptable to the general idea of what is proper or suitable. You're not going out unless you're decently dressed.
References in classic literature ?
He had only been waiting till the aforesaid blighted affections were decently interred.
The mean and low, yet strangely man-like expression of his wilted countenance; the prying and crafty glance, that showed him ready to gripe at every miserable advantage; his enormous tail (too enormous to be decently concealed under his gabardine), and the deviltry of nature which it betokened,--take this monkey just as he was, in short, and you could desire no better image of the Mammon of copper coin, symbolizing the grossest form of the love of money.
Captain, by God, look to yourself; say the word; don't be a fool; forget it all; we are ready to turn to; treat us decently, and we're your men; but we won't be flogged.
The truth is, that living or dead, if but decently treated, whales as a species are by no means creatures of ill odor; nor can whalemen be recognised, as the people of the middle ages affected to detect a Jew in the company, by the nose.
They could not possibly manage it decently for less than two hundred dollars, and even though they were welcome to count in the whole of the earnings of Marija and Jonas, as a loan, they could not hope to raise this sum in less than four or five months.
Topsy, who had stood like a black statue during this discussion, with hands decently folded, now, at a signal from Miss Ophelia, went on:
The American has dwindled into an Odd Fellow--one who may be known by the development of his organ of gregariousness, and a manifest lack of intellect and cheerful self-reliance; whose first and chief concern, on coming into the world, is to see that the almshouses are in good repair; and, before yet he has lawfully donned the virile garb, to collect a fund to the support of the widows and orphans that may be; who, in short, ventures to live only by the aid of the Mutual Insurance company, which has promised to bury him decently.
In those days we were not content to embalm the thing and bury it decently, we wanted to build a monument over it.
She was a very faulty and passionately human child, with no aspirations towards being an angel of the house, but she had a sense of duty and a desire to be good,--respectably, decently good.
Elinor answered in some distress that she was, and then talked of head-aches, low spirits, and over fatigues; and of every thing to which she could decently attribute her sister's behaviour.
I shall devote myself for a time to the examination of the Roman Catholic dogmas, and to a careful study of the workings of their system: if I find it to be, as I half suspect it is, the one best calculated to ensure the doing of all things decently and in order, I shall embrace the tenets of Rome and probably take the veil.
Certainly I shall,' she said; 'walking or riding: yet I've no objection to dress myself decently.