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Middle French , or its source, décent Latin , present participle of decēns decet ( “ it is fitting or suitable ” ), from Proto-Indo-European *deḱ- ( “ to take, accept, to receive, greet, be suitable ” ) (compare Ancient Greek δοκέω ( dokéō, “ I appear, seem, think ” ), δέχομαι ( dékhomai, “ I accept ” ); Sanskrit दशस्यति ( daśasyáti, “ shows honor, is gracious ” ), दाशति ( dāśati, “ makes offerings, bestows ” )). Meaning ‘kind, pleasant’ is from 1902.
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decent ( comparative , more decent superlative )
( obsolete ) Appropriate; suitable for the circumstances.
( of a person ) Having a suitable conformity to basic moral standards; showing integrity, fairness, or other characteristics associated with moral uprightness.
( informal ) Sufficiently clothed or dressed to be seen.
Are you decent? May I come in?
Fair; good enough; okay.
1963, Margery Allingham, “Foreword”, in The China Governess :  A canister of flour from the kitchen had been thrown at the looking-glass and lay like trampled snow over the remains of a decent blue suit with the lining ripped out which lay on top of the ruin of a plastic wardrobe. 1991, Stephen Fry, , p. 35:
The Liar And ‘ blubbing’... Blubbing went out with ‘ decent’ and ‘ripping’. Mind you, not a bad new language to start up. Nineteen-twenties schoolboy slang could be due for a revival. He's a decent saxophonist, but probably not good enough to make a career of it.
There are a decent number of references out there, if you can find them. ( obsolete ) Comely; shapely; well-formed.
a. 1645, John Milton, “ Il Penseroso”, in , London: Printed by Poems of Mr. John Milton, [ … ] Ruth Raworth for Humphrey Moſely, [ … ] , published 1645, , OCLC 606951673 page 38: And ſable ſtole of Cipres Lawn, Over thy decent ſhoulders drawn.
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appropriate, suitable for the circumstances
showing integrity, fairness, moral uprightness
comely; shapely; well-formed
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