in·​de·​cen·​cy | \ (ˌ)in-ˈdē-sᵊn(t)-sē How to pronounce indecency (audio) \

Definition of indecency

1 : the quality or state of being indecent
2 : something (such as a word or action) that is indecent

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Examples of indecency in a Sentence

The book has been criticized for indecency. I was shocked by the indecency of their language. He was accused of sexual indecencies.
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Recent Examples on the Web Robinson had been convicted of public indecency in 1994, 2001, 2012, 2015 and 2018. oregonlive, "5-time public masturbator charged with exposing himself on steps of NW Portland synagogue," 10 Jan. 2020 Now Antwaun Brown, 22, has been charged with public indecency, and recklessly and publicly exposing private parts, WTOL Channel 11 reports. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland, "Nude Ohio man makes dash from scene of car crash, police say," 13 Nov. 2019 Public indecency: Snow Road A Bedford Heights man, 39, exposed a private body part to a 29-year-old Dayton woman in an attempt to romance her at about 2:15 a.m. Oct. 28 at Howard Johnson at Wyndham, 16644 Snow. Bob Sandrick, cleveland, "Drunk man caught window shopping outside gas station; vandal leaves mysterious note on resident’s door: Brook Park police blotter," 8 Nov. 2019 Later, radio and television brought a new series of ethical and legal challenges regarding privacy, indecency, accuracy, and free speech. Krista Kafer, The Denver Post, "Kafer: The internet has changed our lives for the better too," 25 Oct. 2019 He was charged with public indecency and breach of peace and was in custody on $10,000 bail, police said. Christine Dempsey,, "Off-duty sergeant leaves dinner to detain man touching himself in Middletown," 16 Sep. 2019 But the network is governed by Federal Communication Commission indecency rules. David Jackson, USA TODAY, "Democratic debate featured frontrunners who battled each other, attacked Trump," 12 Sep. 2019 Over a two-week period, 103 men were arrested and accused of lewd conduct, public indecency, or prostitution. Sidney Fussell, The Atlantic, "How Stonewall Reversed a Long History of Justifying Police Surveillance," 29 June 2019 Besthoff also had previously been found guilty of public indecency in 2000 and 2007., "TriMet masturbator gets prison after targeting 11-year-old girl on bus to Lloyd Center," 27 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of indecency

1589, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of indecency was in 1589

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14 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Indecency.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 19 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of indecency

: a morally or sexually offensive quality : an indecent quality
: behavior that is morally or sexually offensive : indecent behavior


in·​de·​cen·​cy | \ in-ˈdē-sᵊn-sē How to pronounce indecency (audio) \
plural indecencies

Kids Definition of indecency

1 : offensive quality : lack of decency
2 : an act or word that is offensive

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