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    Default What's the difference between "descent" and "appropriate"?

    Perhaps it has something to do with a usage?

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    Default Re: What's the difference between "descent" and "appropriate"?

    What's the context?

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    Default Re: What's the difference between "descent" and "appropriate"?

    Quote Originally Posted by Barton View Post
    Perhaps it has something to do with a usage?

    I suspect you mean "decent" and "appropriate".

    Appropriate means something like "suitable" or "well chosen".

    Decent means something similar, but with more of a general moral judgement about it - it means something like "conforming to a social norm".


    I would tend to use "appropriate" when talking about some thing's fitness for a specific situation, and "decent" when talking about some thing's or someone's fitness for society as a whole.

    So:

    A long, but bright red, dress would be perfectly decent, but not at all appropriate for wearing to a funeral.

    Descent is a completely different word meaning "to go downwards", so an aeroplane starts a descent as it drops height on the path towards landing.

    Mark

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