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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 indecently
Historical Examples
  • I'm proud of you, and your brother here is indecently exalted.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • It will be unkind to poor Jack to hurry away from his grave so indecently.

    Homeward Bound James Fenimore Cooper
  • The first sentence of Mr. Billing's speech was indecently nude.

    General John Regan George A. Birmingham
  • He is shamelessly, indecently, monstrously lacking in the ironic sense.

    Suspended Judgments John Cowper Powys
  • If it wasn't that you're an indecently strong chap we'd get the jump on you every time.

    Left Guard Gilbert Ralph Henry Barbour
  • To save it we must work him up—he'll in that case want it so indecently much.

    The Outcry Henry James
  • Her distress of mind and her poverty seemed so indecently exposed to view.

    A Beautiful Alien Julia Magruder
  • It is heartless, indecently so, for an old man to be so blithe.

    The Journal of a Disappointed Man Wilhelm Nero Pilate Barbellion
  • It was indecently large, but Burton said he meant to screw them up to it.

  • Is she afraid of projecting her personality too indecently far?

British Dictionary definitions for indecently


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 indecently



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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