Definition of decently in US English:

decently

adverb

  • 1In a way that conforms with generally accepted standards of respectable or moral behavior.

    ‘parents can teach their children how to behave decently’
    ‘customers were treated decently’
    • ‘Anyone raised decently would want a kid.’
    • ‘We've tended to believe that conflict and difference can be resolved by rationality, by negotiating, by treating all sides decently and fairly.’
    • ‘I wish I'd lived more quietly and decently.’
    • ‘According to the Code, members must, in their dealings with consumers, other businesses and each other, act decently, fairly and reasonably at all times.’
    • ‘We've acted honorably, decently.’
    • ‘I guess that's his standard line - if we behave decently, so will they.’
    • ‘The counselor has maneuvered her into a situation where she can no longer act sensibly and decently.’
    • ‘We do not need magic or messiahs to help us live decently, to provide an ethical code.’
    • ‘Can we get men to behave decently to each other if they no longer believe in God?’
    • ‘The system makes it difficult for immigrants to work and be treated decently by landlords.’
    1. 1.1 To a fair and appropriate degree; fittingly.
      ‘they would like to be decently paid for the work they do’
      ‘a decently priced restaurant’
      • ‘Why didn't they move to where the work was, when decades before millions had migrated north to find decently paying jobs?’
      • ‘Yesterday's Stock Exchange announcement from Manchester United holds out the prospect of a decently priced bid.’
      • ‘Everything was pretty good, reasonably portioned, and was decently priced overall.’
      • ‘At lunchtime, all the 25 tapas come in at a ridiculously cheap 1.50, and in the evening remain decently priced at 3.50.’
      • ‘How else does one decently put this, but: "Are you are as nice as you look?"’
      • ‘The large percentage of undocumented recent immigrants have little access to decently paying jobs.’
      • ‘We were, therefore, led to believe that MPs were decently paid.’
      • ‘Economists sometimes contend that it makes no difference whether officialdom is decently paid or underpaid and makes it up by taking bribes.’
      • ‘If they tipped decently, they probably were not gunning for you.’
      • ‘We need to encourage more health professionals to come west, but only decently funded hospitals will make that happen.’
    2. 1.2 In a manner that is not likely to shock or embarrass others.
      ‘she must dress decently and not flash too much flesh’
      • ‘She refused to accept their strictures, arguing that the colour in her scarf should not matter as long as she was decently covered.’
      • ‘We must ensure that patients are fully clothed and decently clothed.’
      • ‘Men also have to dress decently.’
      • ‘We are only trying to ensure that students dress decently and modestly, in a way that befits our culture.’
      • ‘They also found patients, some with dementia, were sometimes not covered decently or suffered a lack of dignity.’
      • ‘Their bodies, thinned by rigorous fasting and scarred by the disciplines of self-mortification, were decently concealed by long dark robes.’
      • ‘So I endured a trip to the supermarket best I could, my legs decently covered.’
      • ‘I have to pay bus fares to work and be decently dressed.’
      • ‘He has always something to say about everything and can't use decently moderated language regardless of the situation.’
      • ‘He also adjusted her top so that she was more decently covered.’
  • 2To an acceptable or comfortable standard; satisfactorily.

    ‘the chances of getting enough cash to live decently are poor’
    ‘the interior is decently furnished’
    • ‘Families should be reasonably, decently nourished.’
    • ‘The prospect of the government's finances returning to structural deficit runs afoul of the notion that a surplus must be maintained now if those who retire in ten years' time are to be decently provided for.’
    • ‘It's also decently fuel-efficient, a Low Emissions Vehicle, and crash-tests well for its size.’
    • ‘It was possible to live in that country decently and comfortably if you weren't actively opposing the regime.’
    • ‘However, the new administration intends to ensure our elderly residents are decently housed and are fully consulted.’
    • ‘There are also some well-chosen illustrations, very decently reproduced on art paper.’
    • ‘A huge statue of Lenin pointed the way forward in front of the city hall, the only decently maintained building in town.’
    • ‘The dancers, although decently trained, lack uniformly good bodies and fire.’
    • ‘Calcium inhibits fluoride but if you are low on vitamins and calcium, the neurological effect is greater than those decently fed.’
    • ‘What we do have is a decently paced script that builds the tension small step by small step.’
    1. 2.1 Fairly well.
      ‘he batted decently but not spectacularly’
      ‘the thriller was decently received by reviewers’
      • ‘Although the system works decently, it has an annoying tendency to lock onto either an inanimate object or another enemy all on its own.’
      • ‘The ballet proved decently enough danced at a creditable second-tier level; the women, however, markedly outmatched the men.’
      • ‘Sharpness, color saturation, and other video components are otherwise decently done.’
      • ‘While the 500S performed decently for most tasks, it wasn't up to snuff for hard-core gamers.’
      • ‘Singers worked on their projection and enunciation so that the primitive recording technology would render their voices at least halfway decently.’
      • ‘The taxi driver spoke decently good English and said he had been to Toronto, something that curiously put me at ease.’
      • ‘We expect it to perform the task of driving down the road decently well.’
      • ‘Both Spain and Italy played decently in spells but could not find a cutting edge.’
      • ‘Welcome to another movie which starts decently, looks promising - and then completely collapses at the end.’
      • ‘The action scenes are choreographed decently, but lack any originality and punch.’

Pronunciation

decently

/ˈdisəntli//ˈdēsəntlē/