indecent

Things that are indecent are obscene, indelicate, or offensive in some way. If you run around the mall naked, you’ll get in trouble for indecent exposure!

Indecent describes things that are not decent — the prefix -in often means “not,” like how independent means “not dependent.” Decent things are morally sound, so indecent things are offensive. Swearing is considered indecent. Indecent often means rude. A joke might go over well with your friends but is considered indecent when told to a teacher. Not everyone will agree on what’s indecent, but we all agree that you should keep your clothes on at the mall.

Definitions of indecent
  1. adjective
    not in keeping with accepted standards of what is right or proper in polite society
    “was buried with indecent haste”
    synonyms: indecorous, unbecoming, uncomely, unseemly, untoward
    improper
    not suitable or right or appropriate
  2. adjective
    offensive to good taste especially in sexual matters
    “an earthy but not indecent story”
    “an indecent gesture”
    Synonyms:
    dirty
    (of behavior or especially language) characterized by obscenity or indecency
    crude, earthy, gross, vulgar
    conspicuously and tastelessly indecent
    Hollywood
    flashy and vulgar
    indelicate
    verging on the indecent
    obscene
    designed to incite to indecency or lust
    suggestive
    tending to suggest something improper or indecent
    indecorous, indelicate
    lacking propriety and good taste in manners and conduct
    improper
    not suitable or right or appropriate
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    Antonyms:
    decent
    conforming to conventions of sexual behavior
    clean, unobjectionable
    (of behavior or especially language) free from objectionable elements; fit for all observers
    decorous
    characterized by propriety and dignity and good taste in manners and conduct
    proper
    marked by suitability or rightness or appropriateness
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  3. adjective
    offending against sexual mores in conduct or appearance
    “a bathing suit considered indecent by local standards”
    Synonyms:
    immodest
    offending against sexual mores in conduct or appearance
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