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adjective decent pronunciation in British English /ˈdiːs(ə)nt/
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  1. 1
    good, or good enough
    Are there any decent restaurants around here?
    Barcelona have a decent chance of winning the game.
  2. 2
    behaving towards other people in an honest, fair, and nice way
    a decent caring man
    it is decent of someone to do something: It was decent of David to offer to pay.
    be decent about something: When I told her the truth, she was quite decent about it.
  3. 3
    considered by most people to be moral, good, or reasonable
    It’s not decent to get married again so soon after your husband has died.
    do the decent thing (=do what is right): After such rudeness, the chairman should do the decent thing and apologize publicly.
  4. 4
    informal old-fashioned wearing enough clothes to not be embarrassed to let other people see you
    Don’t look – I’m not decent yet!

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