in·​de·​cen·​cy | \(ˌ)in-ˈdē-sᵊn(t)-sē \

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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He was convicted of misdemeanor public indecency in 2002. Justin L. Mack, Indianapolis Star, "Curtis Hill and 13 other Indiana politicians caught in alleged sexual misconduct controversies," 3 July 2018 Andrew Miller Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles Commissioner Andrew Miller resigned in 2010 after his arrest in a public indecency sting in a Downtown Indianapolis restroom. Justin L. Mack, Indianapolis Star, "Curtis Hill and 13 other Indiana politicians caught in alleged sexual misconduct controversies," 3 July 2018 His unpaid bond was $2,500 for the misdemeanor public indecency charge, jail records showed Tuesday. Ben Brasch, ajc, "Crimes of Cobb: Man slips and accidentally shoots gun near apartments," 13 June 2018 Gene Metcalfe, 69, of 1081 Forbes St., faces attempted assault, threatening and public indecency charges. Jesse Leavenworth,, "Manchester Police: Man Tried Stabbing Another Man Who Rejected Sexual Advance," 13 July 2018 Gilstrap-Portley was released from jail Friday after posting bond on the second-degree felony charge of child indecency, according to the Morning-News. Ryan Gaydos, Fox News, "Texas man, 25, who allegedly posed as high school student accused of relationship with teen, police say," 10 July 2018 He was found guilty of 35 counts of indecent assault and one count of indecency., "Former Newcastle Youth Coach George Ormond Jailed for Sexual Abuse Across 3 Decades," 4 July 2018 Meanwhile, this year in the US, Idaho became the last to protect mothers who are nursing in public against fines for public indecency. Rebecca Beitsch, The Christian Science Monitor, "All US states now allow breastfeeding in public," 13 July 2018 Jones, who approached a Delta Air Lines plane wearing only underwear and exposed himself to passengers, according to the report, was charged with criminal trespass, criminal damage to property, public indecency and obstruction to law enforcement. Kelly Yamanouchi, ajc, "Man who ran onto taxiway at Atlanta airport ‘appeared to be under the influence,’ police say," 28 June 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 \
plural indecencies

Kids Definition of indecency

1 : offensive quality : lack of decency

2 : an act or word that is offensive

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