From Middle French décent, or its source, Latin decēns, present participle of decet (“‘it is fitting or suitable’”), from Proto-Indo-European *deke-, from base *dek- (“‘to take, accept, to receive, greet, be suitable’”) (compare Ancient Greek δοκεῖν (dokein), “‘to appear, seem, think’”), δέχεσθαι (dekhesthai), “‘to accept’”); Patrono:Rfscript Sanskrit dacasyati (“‘shows honor, is gracious’”), dacati (“‘makes offerings, bestows’”)). Meaning kind, pleasant is from 1902.
AdjectiveModificarDecent (comparative more Decent, superlative most Decent)
- (obsolete) Appropriate; suitable for the circumstances.
- Patrono:Of a person Having a suitable conformity to basic moral standards; showing integrity, fairness, or other characteristics associated with moral uprightness.
- Sufficiently clothed or dressed to be seen.
- Are you decent? May I come in?
- Fair; good enough; okay.
- He's a decent saxophonist, but probably not good enough to make a career of it.
- Significant; substantial.
- There are a decent number of references out there, if you can find them.