Other Word Forms of Decent
Origin of Decent
From Middle French décent, or its source, Latin decēns, present participle of decet (“it is fitting or suitable”), from Proto-Indo-European *deke-, from base *dek- (“to take, accept, to receive, greet, be suitable”) (compare Ancient Greek δοκεῖν (dokein, “to appear, seem, think”), δέχεσθαι (dekhesthai, “to accept”); [Devanagari?] Sanskrit dacasyati (“shows honor, is gracious”), dacati (“makes offerings, bestows”)). Meaning kind, pleasant is from 1902.
Latin decēns decent- present participle of decēre to be fitting dek- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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