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decent

adjective uk   /ˈdiː.sənt/ us  
B2 socially acceptable or good: Everyone should be entitled to a decent wage/standard of living. I thought he was a decent person. It was very decent (= kind) of you to help. It made quite a decent-sized (= large) hole. After the recent scandal, the priest is expected to do the decent thing and resign from his position. informal dressed or wearing clothes: Are you decent yet? You can come in now, I'm decent.
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decently
adverb uk   /-li/ us  
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