Decent vs. Good
Decent and Good Definitions
Characterized by conformity to recognized standards of propriety or morality
A respected citizen who led a decent life.
Children brought up in decent homes.
Being positive or desirable in nature; not bad or poor
A good experience.
Good news from the hospital.
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).
Having the qualities that are desirable or distinguishing in a particular thing
A good exterior paint.
A good joke.
Kind or obliging
Very decent of them to lend you money.
Serving the desired purpose or end; suitable
Is this a good dress for the party?.
Showing thoughtfulness or consideration
Let a decent interval go by before calling.
Not spoiled or ruined
The milk is still good.
Free from indelicacy or obscenity; clean
Decent television programming for children.
In excellent condition; sound
A good tooth.
Fairly good; acceptable; satisfactory
Finally got a decent night's sleep.
Made decent wages in the new job.
Superior to the average; satisfactory
A good student.
Had nothing decent to wear to the reception.
Used formerly to refer to the US Government grade of meat higher than standard and lower than choice.
(Informal) Properly or modestly dressed
The guests are here—are you decent?.
Of high quality
(obsolete) Appropriate; suitable for the circumstances.
(of a person) Having a suitable conformity to basic moral standards; showing integrity, fairness, or other characteristics associated with moral uprightness.
Of moral excellence; upright
A good person.
(informal) Sufficiently clothed or dressed to be seen.
Are you decent? May I come in?
A good soul.
A good heart.
Fair; acceptable; okay.
He's a decent saxophonist, but probably not good enough to make a career of it.
A good Republican.
There are a decent number of references out there, if you can find them.
A good child.
Conforming to perceived standards of good taste.
Socially correct; proper
(obsolete) Comely; shapely; well-formed.
Worthy of respect; honorable
Ruined the family's good name.
Suitable in words, behavior, dress, or ceremony; becoming; fit; decorous; proper; seemly; as, decent conduct; decent language.
Before his decent steps.
Free from immodesty or obscenity; modest.
Beneficial to health; salutary
A good night's rest.
Comely; shapely; well-formed.
A sable stole of cyprus lawnOver thy decent shoulders drawn.
By foreign hands thy decent limbs composed.
A good machinist.
Moderate, but competent; sufficient; hence, respectable; fairly good; reasonably comfortable or satisfying; as, a decent fortune; a decent person.
A decent retreat in the mutability of human affairs.
A good workout.
Socially or conventionally correct; refined or virtuous;
From a decent family
A nice girl
A good investment.
According with custom or propriety;
Her becoming modesty
It is not comme il faut for a gentleman to be constantly asking for money
A decent burial
Valid or true
A good reason.
Conforming to conventions of sexual behavior;
Speech in this circle, if not always decent, never became lewd
A good dollar bill.
Enough to meet a purpose;
An adequate income
The food was adequate
A decent wage
In effect; operative
A warranty good for two years.
A driver's license that is still good.
Are you decent?
Ready or able for a specified or assumed activity
I'm good for another round of golf.
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
Able to pay or contribute
Is she good for the money that you lent her?.
In the right manner;
Please do your job properly!
Can't you carry me decent?
Able to elicit a specified reaction
He is always good for a laugh.
A good income.
A good table.
It is a good mile from here.
Had a good time at the party.
A good omen.
Landing within bounds or within a particular area of a court and therefore in play
The first serve was wide, but the second was good.
Passing between the uprights of the goal and therefore scoring, as a field goal in football.
Used to form exclamatory phrases expressing surprise or dismay
Good heavens! Good grief!.
Something that is good.
A good, valuable, or useful part or aspect.
For the common good.
There is much good to be found in people.
A product that is bought and sold
Goods Portable personal property.
(used with a sing. or pl. verb) Fabric; material.
Goods(Slang) Incriminating information or evidence
Tried to get the goods on the crook.
Acting in the interest of what is beneficial, ethical, or moral.
Competent or talented.
A good swimmer
Able to be depended on for the discharge of obligations incurred; of unimpaired credit; used with for.
Can you lend me fifty dollars? You know I'm good for it.
Well-behaved (especially of children or animals).
Be good while your mother and I are out.
Were you a good boy for the babysitter?
(US) Satisfied or at ease; not requiring more.
Would you like a glass of water? — I'm good.
[Are] you good? — Yeah, I'm fine.
Gimme another beer! — I think you're good.
Accepting of, OK with
My mother said she's good with me being alone with my date as long as she's met them first.
The soup is rather spicy. Are you good with that, or would you like something else?
(archaic) Of high rank or birth.
Useful for a particular purpose; functional.
It’s a good watch;
The flashlight batteries are still good
A good worker
(obsolete) Real; actual; serious.
In good sooth
(properties and qualities)
Of food or other perishable products, still fit for use; not yet expired, stale, rotten, etc.
The bread is still good.
Valid, of worth, capable of being honoured.
This coupon is good for a free doughnut.
True, valid, of explanatory strength.
This theory still holds good even if much higher temperatures are assumed.
Exercise and a varied diet are good for you.
We had a good time.
A good omen;
A person's good name
A good job
Adequate; sufficient; not fallacious.
Very, extremely. See good and.
The soup is good and hot.
I'm good when you are.
The reports are good to go.
Holy especially when capitalized .
Good Friday, Good Wednesday, the Good Book
Reasonable in amount.
All in good time
Large in amount or size.
A good while longer;
A good number of seeds;
A good part of his day was spent shopping.
It will be a good while longer until he's done.
He's had a good amount of troubles, he has.
Full; entire; at least as much as.
This hill will take a good hour and a half to climb.
The car was a good ten miles away.
That is good; an elliptical exclamation of satisfaction or commendation.
Good! I can leave now.
(nonstandard) Well; satisfactorily or thoroughly.
The boy done good. (did well)
(uncountable) The forces or behaviours that are the enemy of evil. Usually consists of helping others and general benevolence.
(countable) A result that is positive in the view of the speaker.
(uncountable) The abstract instantiation of goodness; that which possesses desirable qualities, promotes success, welfare, or happiness, is serviceable, fit, excellent, kind, benevolent, etc.
The best is the enemy of the good.
He is an influence for good on those girls.
An item of merchandise.
To thrive; fatten; prosper; improve.
(transitive) To make good; turn to good; improve.
(intransitive) To make improvements or repairs.
(intransitive) To benefit; gain.
(transitive) To do good to (someone); benefit; cause to improve or gain.
(transitive) To satisfy; indulge; gratify.
(reflexive) To flatter; congratulate oneself; anticipate.
To furnish with dung; manure; fatten with manure; fertilise.
Possessing desirable qualities; adapted to answer the end designed; promoting success, welfare, or happiness; serviceable; useful; fit; excellent; admirable; commendable; not bad, corrupt, evil, noxious, offensive, or troublesome, etc.
And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good.
Good company, good wine, good welcome.
Possessing moral excellence or virtue; virtuous; pious; religious; - said of persons or actions.
In all things showing thyself a pattern of good works.
Kind; benevolent; humane; merciful; gracious; polite; propitious; friendly; well-disposed; - often followed by to or toward, also formerly by unto.
The men were very good unto us.
Serviceable; suited; adapted; suitable; of use; to be relied upon; - followed especially by for.
All quality that is good for anything is founded originally in merit.
Clever; skillful; dexterous; ready; handy; - followed especially by at.
He . . . is a good workman; a very good tailor.
Those are generally good at flattering who are good for nothing else.
Adequate; sufficient; competent; sound; not fallacious; valid; in a commercial sense, to be depended on for the discharge of obligations incurred; having pecuniary ability; of unimpaired credit.
My reasons are both good and weighty.
My meaning in saying he is a good man is . . . that he is sufficient . . . I think I may take his bond.
Real; actual; serious; as in the phrases in good earnest; in good sooth.
Love no man in good earnest.
Not small, insignificant, or of no account; considerable; esp., in the phrases a good deal, a good way, a good degree, a good share or part, etc.
Not lacking or deficient; full; complete.
Good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over.
Not blemished or impeached; fair; honorable; unsullied; as in the phrases a good name, a good report, good repute, etc.
A good name is better than precious ointment
The good woman never died after this, till she came to die for good and all.
Distinguished by good humor and good breeding.
My father always said I was born to be a good for nothing.
The good nature and generosity which belonged to his character.
The young count's good nature and easy persuadability were among his best characteristics.
The good will of a trade is nothing more than the probability that the old customers will resort to the old place.
Each word made good and true.
Of no power to make his wishes good.
I . . . would by combat make her good.
Convenient numbers to make good the city.
If ye think good, give me my price; and if not, forbear.
That which possesses desirable qualities, promotes success, welfare, or happiness, is serviceable, fit, excellent, kind, benevolent, etc.; - opposed to evil.
There be many that say, Who will show us any good ?
Advancement of interest or happiness; welfare; prosperity; advantage; benefit; - opposed to harm, etc.
The good of the whole community can be promoted only by advancing the good of each of the members composing it.
Wares; commodities; chattels; - formerly used in the singular in a collective sense. In law, a comprehensive name for almost all personal property as distinguished from land or real property.
He hath made us spend much good.
Thy lands and goodsAre, by the laws of Venice, confiscateUnto the state of Venice.
Well, - especially in the phrase as good, with a following as expressed or implied; equally well with as much advantage or as little harm as possible.
As good almost kill a man as kill a good book.
They who counsel ye to such a suppressing, do as good as bid ye suppress yourselves.
To make good; to turn to good.
To manure; to improve.
For your own good
What's the good of worrying?
Moral excellence or admirableness;
There is much good to be found in people
That which is good or valuable or useful;
Weigh the good against the bad
Among the highest goods of all are happiness and self-realization
Having desirable or positive qualities especially those suitable for a thing specified;
Good news from the hospital
A good report card
When she was good she was very very good
A good knife is one good for cutting
This stump will make a good picnic table
A good check
A good joke
A good exterior paint
A good secretary
A good dress for the office
Having the normally expected amount;
Gives full measure
Gives good measure
A good mile from here
Deserving of esteem and respect;
All respectable companies give guarantees
Ruined the family's good name
Promoting or enhancing well-being;
An arms limitation agreement beneficial to all countries
The beneficial effects of a temperate climate
The experience was good for her
Superior to the average;
In fine spirits
A fine student
Made good grades
Morale was good
Had good weather for the parade
Agreeable or pleasing;
We all had a good time
Of moral excellence;
A genuinely good person
A just cause
An upright and respectable man
The life of the nation is secure only while the nation is honest, truthful, and virtuous
Having or showing knowledge and skill and aptitude;
Adept in handicrafts
An adept juggler
An expert job
A good mechanic
A practiced marksman
A proficient engineer
A lesser-known but no less skillful composer
The effect was achieved by skillful retouching
Had a good workout
Gave the house a good cleaning
With or in a close or intimate relationship;
A good friend
My sisters and brothers are near and dear
Having or showing or arising from a desire to promote the welfare or happiness of others;
His benevolent smile
A benevolent nature
A good investment
A secure investment
Most suitable or right for a particular purpose;
A good time to plant tomatoes
The right time to act
The time is ripe for great sociological changes
Its a good thing that I wasn't there
It is good that you stayed
It is well that no one saw you
All's well that ends well
Exerting force or influence;
The law is effective immediately
A warranty good for two years
The law is already in effect (or in force)
Feeling healthy and free of aches and pains;
I feel good
Capable of pleasing;
Appealing to the mind;
A serious book
In excellent physical condition;
I still have one good leg
A sound mind in a sound body
Tending to promote physical well-being; beneficial to health;
Beneficial effects of a balanced diet
A good night's sleep
The salutary influence of pure air
A good dollar bill
Not left to spoil;
The meat is still good
(often used as a combining form) in a good or proper or satisfactory manner or to a high standard (`good' is a nonstandard dialectal variant for `well');
The children behaved well
A task well done
The party went well
He slept well
A well-argued thesis
A well-planned party
The baby can walk pretty good
In a complete and thorough manner (`good' is sometimes used informally for `thoroughly');
He was soundly defeated
We beat him good