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Origin of decent
Examples from the Web for decent
Almost everyone there will be a decent person and treat you well.Abramoff’s Advice for Virginia’s New Jailhouse Guv|Tim Mak, Jackie Kucinich|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
She assured me he was a decent human being and the love of her life.The Life and Hard Times Of The Family A Cuban Defector Left Behind|Brin-Jonathan Butler|December 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I vividly recall, that day and the weeks afterward, people groping for a decent way forward.
I finish a decent game, type my initials, and decide to call it quits.
The problem is that being a decent person in an indecent situation is not enough, even though it may also be all you can do.
If nothing else could stir you, Stephen, at least I could have imagined some decent impulse of gratitude to me.The Passionate Friends|Herbert George Wells
There was a demand for the opportunity to be decent and kind.H. R.|Edwin Lefevre
On the night of the dance he had barely kept within the limit of decent behavior.Lonesome Land|B. M. Bower
And that's the only reward a decent mortal ought to hope for.Slippy McGee, Sometimes Known as the Butterfly Man|Marie Conway Oemler
The one in the box next to the royal party was a decent enough fellow.The Shuttle|Frances Hodgson Burnett
Word Origin for decent
1530s, "proper to one's station or rank," also "tasteful," from Middle French décent, or directly from Latin decentem (nominative decens) "becoming, seemly, fitting, proper," present participle of decere "to be fitting or suitable," from PIE *deke-, from root *dek- "to take, accept, to receive, greet, be suitable" (cf. Greek dokein "to appear, seem, think," dekhesthai "to accept;" Sanskrit daśasyati "shows honor, is gracious," dacati "makes offerings, bestows;" Latin docere "to teach," decus "grace, ornament"). Meaning "kind, pleasant" is from 1902. Are you decent? (1949) was originally backstage theater jargon for "are you dressed."