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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Public indecency charges in both cases were dismissed. Kevin Grasha,, "Woman who had sex on SkyStar Wheel gets 30-day suspended sentence. Man gets 1 day," 24 Aug. 2018 Gerald Fornshell, 50, has served over two years in prison and spent more than five years on probation for cases related to public indecency. Cameron Knight,, "Serial flasher convicted again; exposed himself at Half Price Books," 2 Mar. 2018 Deborah Helen Sutter, 64, of Rosenberg, was arrested Tuesday, March 22 and charged with indecency with a child, a second degree felony, the sheriff's office said in a Wednesday press release. Dana Burke, Houston Chronicle, "Mentor accused of indecency with a child at Fort Bend County juvenile detention facility," 23 May 2018 He is charged with four counts of indecency with a child. Fox News, "Cardinal meeting with Pope accused of ignoring abuse," 12 Sep. 2018 But the Texas Legislature in 2007 removed the statute of limitations for indecency with a child cases. Fox News, "Cardinal meeting with Pope accused of ignoring abuse," 12 Sep. 2018 Based on past award winners, the indecency clause seems like a stretch. Lisa Liebman, Glamour, "CES Just Doesn’t Know What to Do With a Sex Toy for Women," 18 Jan. 2019 He was later charged with trespassing, public intoxication and public indecency. Madeline Farber, Fox News, "Tennessee man does naked jumping jacks in McDonald's women's restroom, later arrested: police," 28 July 2018 Fanny and his partner in cross-dressing, Ernest Bolton (known as Stella) were indeed sent to the courts for gross indecency but ultimately cleared of wrongdoing, to the delight of the crowds. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "The Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Presents “Camp: Notes on Fashion” For Its Spring 2019 Exhibition," 9 Oct. 2018

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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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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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