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[in-dee-suh nt] /ɪnˈdi sənt/
offending against generally accepted standards of propriety or good taste; improper; vulgar:
indecent jokes; indecent language; indecent behavior.
not decent; unbecoming or unseemly:
indecent haste.
Origin of indecent
1555-65; < Latin indecent- (stem of indecēns) unseemly. See in-3, decent
Related forms
indecently, adverb
1. distasteful, immodest, indecorous, indelicate; coarse, outrageous, rude, gross; obscene, filthy, lewd, licentious. See improper. 2. inappropriate.
2. appropriate; becoming. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for indecent
  • Hire once served a six-month sentence for indecent exposure.
  • Their error was to put their indecent proposal in writing, in an e-mail pitch.
  • Fortunately, laws against indecent exposure imply the reverse.
  • In any case, the conception of history as a toady to power is indecent.
  • For people to live around shopping would be harmful and indecent.
  • Sweet, perhaps the abbot of the order, makes almost indecent haste to sin.
  • It would be indecent, no doubt, to compare either a curate or a chaplain with a journeyman in any common trade.
  • Remember your taxes are certain to accelerate upwards, to pay for all these indecent provisions.
  • Defendant appeals his conviction for indecent exposure.
British Dictionary definitions for indecent


offensive to standards of decency, esp in sexual matters
unseemly or improper (esp in the phrase indecent haste)
Derived Forms
indecently, adverb
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Word Origin and History for indecent

1560s, "unbecoming, in bad taste," from French indécent (14c.), from Latin indecentem (nominative indecens), from in- "not, opposite of, without" (see in- (1)) + decens (see decent). Sense of "offending against propriety" is from 1610s. Indecent assault (1861) originally covered sexual assaults other than rape or intended rape, but by 1934 it was being used as a euphemism for "rape." Related: Indecently

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