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I want to complete the following sentence.

Thirty years ago, a person with a bachelor's degree could get a good job after graduation. However, people living in the 21st century can only get a ____ job with a bachelor's degree.

I want to use an adjective that is less positive than "good" in the blank. "plain" means "neither good and nor bad" I think. I want to find a word(preferably a formal one) that means "slightly good".

  • 'OK'? 'OK-ish'? 'good-ish'? – We oath to creation Oct 9 '16 at 17:46
  • @Keepthesemind Is there a more formal one that can be used in written English? – No One Oct 9 '16 at 17:48
  • Sure, '(merely or minimally) acceptable', '(minimally or barely) satisfactory'. – We oath to creation Oct 9 '16 at 17:50
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    How about mediocre? (although I disagree with the intent of the sentence completely. It all depends on the degree. There are many great jobs to be had today in engineering with a BS) – Jim Oct 9 '16 at 19:16
  • I think you're trying to split hairs a bit too much. – Hot Licks Oct 9 '16 at 23:40
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"a fair job" may fit. Neither good nor bad, just satisfactory.

  • fair - (adj) adequate - MW
  • fair - moderately or tolerably good - D.com

"a fair understanding of the work"

"They gave only a fair performance of the play"

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    or satisfactory itself. – John Feltz Oct 9 '16 at 18:02
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Possibly adequate may do.

Satisfactory or acceptable in quality or quantity.
‘this office is perfectly adequate for my needs’

Reference:
https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/adequate

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How about run-of-the-mill, average, or mediocre?

Thirty years ago, a person with a bachelor's degree could get a good job after graduation. However, people living in the 21st century can only get a run-of-the-mill job with a bachelor's degree.

Thirty years ago, a person with a bachelor's degree could get a good job after graduation. However, people living in the 21st century can only get an average job with a bachelor's degree.

Thirty years ago, a person with a bachelor's degree could get a good job after graduation. However, people living in the 21st century can only get a mediocre job with a bachelor's degree.

From Dictionary.com:

run-of-the-mill: merely average; commonplace; mediocre

average: typical; common; ordinary

mediocre: of only ordinary or moderate quality; neither good nor bad; barely adequate

Each of these words is less positive than good without being bad.

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Sounds like slightly better than an ordinary/plain/average job, perhaps a decent/passable one.

M-W:

decent adjective
4 : fairly good : adequate, satisfactory : decent wages

Are there any decent schools in that area?
I've got to get some decent clothes.

passable adjective
: good enough : adequate or satisfactory

He did a passable job with the assignment.

ordinary adjective
: normal or usual : not unusual, different, or special

: neither very good nor very bad :not very impressive

The meal was ordinary and uninspired

  • But isn't ordinary=plain in this setting? – No One Oct 9 '16 at 19:18
  • @TiWen, I edited the answer. – alwayslearning Oct 9 '16 at 19:39
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A reasonable see meaning 2 here job is one which is better than many people have in terms of stimulation, responsibilities, status and pay but does not convey high status and is not likely to make the holder rich, at least not without many promotions.

  • Your answer should be self-contained. – tchrist Oct 16 '16 at 16:39

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