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Origin of decent
Examples from the Web for decently
But you certainly wouldn't know this if you were even a decently informed voter.
You need—peacefully, humbly, decently—to make them spill your blood.
Yonni did the right thing when he asked two women to treat each other decently—simply because he loves them both.
Still, Lauer, a self-professed “lifelong bacon enthusiast,” started off decently enough.
He had lived cleanly and decently; he had wronged no man or woman, nor himself.The Place of Honeymoons|Harold MacGrath
Eleanor was not a girl to defraud them wilfully; so, as soon as she decently could, she got up for her bonnet.The Warden|Anthony Trollope
Every one drinks at his will, and the miller, as we shall see, takes a little more than his head can decently carry.
We found her sitting up in bed, negligently but decently dressed, with a dimity corset tied with red ribbons.The Memoires of Casanova, Complete|Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
As soon as he decently could, he followed her to her studio, where he found her lying in sullen dejection on the big divan.The Captain of the Gray-Horse Troop|Hamlin Garland
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."