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decent

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Proper to one's station or rank, also tasteful, from Middle French decent, from [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] decentem (nominative decens, genitive decentis), present participle of decere (to be fitting or suitable), from Proto-Indo-European *deke-, from base *dek- (to take, accept, to receive, greet, be suitable) (compare Greek dokein (to appear, seem, think), dekhesthai (to accept); Sanskrit dacasyati (shows honor, is gracious), dacati (makes offerings, bestows)). Meaning kind, pleasant is from 1902.

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  1. fair; good enough; okay
    He's a decent saxophonist, but probably not good enough to make a career of it.
  2. significant; substantial
    There are a decent number of references out there, if you can find them.
  3. sufficiently clothed or dressed to be seen
    Are you decent? Can I come in?
  4. being a person of integrity

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Sometimes confused with descent.

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