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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web Plumb also had a prior state conviction for indecency with a minor. Taylor Pettaway, San Antonio Express-News, 21 Apr. 2022 Depaz has been arrested multiple times since 2015 by Atlanta, Georgia World Congress Center, Georgia State University and MARTA police on charges ranging from criminal trespass to public indecency. Matt Bruce, ajc, 8 Apr. 2022 Portland police arrived and arrested a 20-year-old man, Bill Glenn Fomonyuy, at 8:39 a.m. Monday on allegations of coercion, luring a minor and public indecency. oregonlive, 2 Apr. 2022 Throughout the 1900s, historians say law enforcement had several avenues to pursue against LGBTQ people, via laws against disorderly conduct, indecency, loitering, lewdness and more. Kiara Alfonseca, ABC News, 7 May 2022 The suspect was charged with two counts of public indecency and two counts of breach of peace. Christine Dempsey, Hartford Courant, 13 Apr. 2022 The 53-year-old was charged with interfering with police, public indecency and other charges. Christine Dempsey, Hartford Courant, 13 Apr. 2022 Cameron John Huber, 22, of the 600 block of Bedford Drive, Crystal Lake, was arrested on charges of battery, disorderly conduct and public indecency/lewd exposure at 12:35 p.m. March 16 in the 900 block of South Route 59. Steve Metsch,, 29 Mar. 2022 Malone's comments stoked fears that Discovery might stifle CNN journalists and steer away from calling out indecency and injustice. Brian Stelter, CNN, 7 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of indecency

1589, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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26 May 2022

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“Indecency.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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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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