Indecency is the habit or action of being offensive or improper. Indecency is banned on television during times that children might be watching.

If you tell dirty jokes or deeply offend a friend, you could be accused of indecency. Swearing on a radio broadcast or showing an extremely violent scene in a movie meant for kids are both examples of indecency that are punishable by law. Indecency comes from the Latin word indecentem, "not decent" or "in bad taste," from the roots in-, "not," and decentem, "fitting or proper."

Definitions of indecency

n the quality of being indecent

the quality of conforming to standards of propriety and morality
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the trait of being vain and conceited
enormity, outrageousness
the quality of being outrageous
bawdiness, lewdness, obscenity, salaciousness, salacity
the trait of behaving in an obscene manner
dirtiness, smuttiness
obscenity in speech or writing
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improperness, impropriety
an improper demeanor

n an indecent or improper act

an obscene act
Type of:
misbehavior, misbehaviour, misdeed
improper or wicked or immoral behavior

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