in·​de·​cent | \ (ˌ)in-ˈdē-sᵊnt How to pronounce indecent (audio) \

Definition of indecent

: not decent: such as
a : grossly improper or offensive indecent language
b : unseemly, inappropriate he took indecent pleasure in her troubles

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indecently adverb

Examples of indecent in a Sentence

He took indecent pleasure in her troubles. paintings of nude figures are artistic, not indecent

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In the trailer for What/If, Zellweger's character kicks off the drama, giving an indecent proposal to a pair of newlyweds—and setting viewers up for the mayhem to come. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Renée Zellweger's Netflix Series What / If Is Out Now on Netflix," 24 May 2019 There's a sense in which there are some just indecent people in the White House. NBC News, "Meet the Press - February 11, 2018," 11 Feb. 2018 Midshipman 2nd Class Leonard Kiptoo Langat pleaded guilty in North Carolina earlier this year to indecent liberties with a minor – a felony – in connection to an incident with a family member late last year. Lucia I. Suarez Sang, Fox News, "Naval Academy to kick out midshipman convicted of child sex crime," 27 July 2018 In a court filing Thursday in King County Superior Court, Rodriguez is accused of taking indecent liberties and assault in the second degree of the woman. Dominic Gates, The Seattle Times, "Security guard charged with sexually assaulting patient at addiction facility in Auburn," 21 Oct. 2018 Most of the incidents described by accusers took place in the 1990s, often on staff work trips, and included indecent propositions, unwanted touching and kissing, and verbal harassment. Tara Isabella Burton, Vox, "Megachurch pastor resigns to protest his church’s handling of sexual misconduct allegations," 7 Aug. 2018 At the time of the robbery, Kaba was on probation in Johnson County for indecent solicitation of a child. Tony Rizzo, kansascity, "Shawnee man goes to prison for robbing Overland Park bank," 26 June 2018 One of those scenarios seems delightful, the other indecent and ungainly. Nitsuh Abebe, New York Times, "New Sentences: From Jesse Ball’s ‘Census’," 20 June 2018 The Sheriff's Office said its investigation showed that Williams had smoked marijuana with some students and sent text messages to multiple students that used indecent language. Bob Warren,, "Former St. Tammany teacher smoked weed with students, sent inappropriate texts: sheriff," 24 May 2018

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First Known Use of indecent

circa 1587, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for indecent

Middle French or Latin; Middle French indécent, from Latin indecent-, indecens, from in- + decent-, decens decent

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English Language Learners Definition of indecent

: sexually offensive or shocking
of clothes : not covering enough of your body
: using language that offends people : including behavior or ideas that people find offensive


in·​de·​cent | \ in-ˈdē-sᵊnt How to pronounce indecent (audio) \

Kids Definition of indecent

: not decent : coarse, vulgar

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