Descent, Decent, and DissentThere is often confusion over the words descent, decent, and dissent.
DescentThe noun descent has a few meanings:
The action of descending (i.e., going downwards).
- The Boeing 737 started its descent from 20,000 feet.
- It features a long, steep descent that is ideal for advanced skiers.
- She is from Indian descent.
DecentThe adjective decent means civilized, good or adequate. (It rhymes with recent.)
- Ninety-eight percent of the adults in this country are decent, hardworking citizens.
- That's a decent plate of food.
DissentDissent can be a noun meaning difference of opinion or a verb meaning to disagree.
- The referee has given him a red card for dissent.
- Acceptance of dissent is the fundamental requirement of a free society.
- I will dissent if you continue with this course of action. (Dissent is a verb in this example.)
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