indecent exposure


Definition of indecent exposure

: intentional exposure of part of one's body (such as the genitals) in a place where such exposure is likely to be an offense against the generally accepted standards of decency

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Recent Examples on the Web Three years later, he was found guilty of indecent exposure. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Where Is Michael Fagan Now? The Palace Intruder Speaks Out About the "Artistic License" Taken on 'The Crown'," 27 Dec. 2020 Udofia reportedly struggled with mental health issues in the past and was arrested for disorderly conduct and indecent exposure. Ryan Gaydos, Fox News, "Phoenix police release video of fatal encounter with ex-NFL defensive lineman Ekom Udofia," 30 Nov. 2020 At least one attendee was hospitalized in the aftermath but has since recovered as hosts continue to warn guests of the coronavirus' indecent exposure. Sarah Ravits,, "New Orleans swingers convention leaves a regrettable hot spot," 1 Dec. 2020 The 18-year-old Woodbridge man was arrested and charged with indecent exposure. Washington Post, "Prince William crime report," 14 Oct. 2020 And the jokes that people are making at the expense of the victims of Toobin’s indecent exposure allow the rest of the media to continue to minimize the severity of his actions., "“Zoom Dick” Jokes Are Easy, But That Doesn’t Mean They’re Okay," 20 Oct. 2020 The suspect was found to be intoxicated and was charged with indecent exposure and disorderly conduct. cleveland, "Woman says boyfriend told her he set fire to her house: Cleveland Heights Police Blotter," 16 Oct. 2020 Responding to a report of an indecent exposure, police arrested a man in his vehicle. Washington Post, "Prince William crime report," 7 Oct. 2020 Currently, officers need to have witnessed the indecent exposure or obtain warrants to make arrests. Jim Turner,, "A slew of 24 new Florida laws kicks in on Thursday," 28 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of indecent exposure

1828, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of indecent exposure was in 1828

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17 Jan 2021

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“Indecent exposure.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of indecent exposure

law : the crime of showing your sexual organs to other people in public

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Medical Definition of indecent exposure

: intentional exposure of part of one's body (as the genitalia) in a place where such exposure is likely to be an offense against the generally accepted standards of decency in a community

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Legal Definition of indecent exposure

: the exposing of one's private body parts (as the genitals) either recklessly or intentionally and under circumstances likely to cause offense or affront

Note: Indecent exposure is generally classified as a misdemeanor.

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