Decent vs. Honest

Decent vs. Honest — Is There a Difference?
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Difference Between Decent and Honest

Decentadjective

(obsolete) Appropriate; suitable for the circumstances.

Honestadjective

(of a person or institution) Scrupulous with regard to telling the truth; not given to swindling, lying, or fraud; upright.

We're the most honest people you will ever come across.

Decentadjective

(of a person) Having a suitable conformity to basic moral standards; showing integrity, fairness, or other characteristics associated with moral uprightness.

Honestadjective

(of a statement) True, especially as far as is known by the person making the statement; fair; unbiased.

an honest account of events; honest reporting

Decentadjective

(informal) Sufficiently clothed or dressed to be seen.

Are you decent? May I come in?

Honestadjective

In good faith; without malice.

an honest mistake
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Decentadjective

Fair; good enough; okay.

He's a decent saxophonist, but probably not good enough to make a career of it.

Honestadjective

(of a measurement device) Accurate.

an honest scale

Decentadjective

Significant; substantial.

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Honestadjective

Authentic; full.

an honest day's work

Decentadjective

(obsolete) Comely; shapely; well-formed.

Honestadjective

Earned or acquired in a fair manner.

an honest dollar
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Decentadjective

socially or conventionally correct; refined or virtuous;

from a decent familya nice girl

Honestadjective

Open; frank.

an honest countenance

Decentadjective

according with custom or propriety;

her becoming modestycomely behaviorit is not comme il faut for a gentleman to be constantly asking for moneya decent burialseemly behavior

Honestadjective

(obsolete) Decent; honourable; suitable; becoming.

Decentadjective

conforming to conventions of sexual behavior;

speech in this circle, if not always decent, never became lewd

Honestadjective

(obsolete) Chaste; faithful; virtuous.

Decentadjective

enough to meet a purpose;

an adequate incomethe food was adequatea decent wageenough foodfood enough

Honestverb

(obsolete) To adorn or grace; to honour; to make becoming, appropriate, or honourable.

Decentadjective

decently clothed;

are you decent?

Honestadverb

(colloquial) Honestly; really.

It wasn’t my fault, honest.

Decentadjective

observing conventional sexual mores in speech or behavior or dress;

a modest neckline in her dressthough one of her shoulder straps had slipped down, she was perfectly decent by current standards

Honestadjective

not disposed to cheat or defraud; not deceptive or fraudulent;

honest lawyershonest reportingan honest wagehonest weight

Decentadverb

in the right manner;

please do your job properly!can't you carry me decent?

Honestadjective

without dissimulation; frank;

my honest opinion

Honestadjective

worthy of being depended on;

a dependable workeran honest working stiffa reliable source of informationhe was true to his wordI would be true for there are those who trust me

Honestadjective

free from guile;

his answer was simple and honest

Honestadjective

without pretensions;

worked at an honest tradegood honest food

Honestadjective

habitually speaking the truth;

an honest mana veracious witness

Honestadjective

marked by truth;

gave honest answers