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decent

[ dee-suhnt ]
/ ˈdi sənt /
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adjective

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Origin of decent

1485–95; <Latin decent- (stem of decēns) fitting (present participle of decēre to be fitting; see -ent), akin to decus honor

OTHER WORDS FROM decent

de·cent·ly, adverbde·cent·ness, noun

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH decent

decent , descent, dissent
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British Dictionary definitions for decent

decent
/ (ˈdiːsənt) /

adjective

Derived forms of decent

decently, adverbdecentness, noun

Word Origin for decent

C16: from Latin decēns suitable, from decēre to be fitting
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