indecency

[ in-dee-suh n-see ]
/ ɪnˈdi sən si /

noun, plural in·de·cen·cies for 4.

the quality or condition of being indecent.
impropriety or immodesty.
obscenity or indelicacy.
an indecent act, remark, etc.

Nearby words

  1. indanedione,
  2. indanthrene,
  3. indapamide,
  4. indebted,
  5. indebtedness,
  6. indecent,
  7. indecent assault,
  8. indecent exposure,
  9. indeciduate,
  10. indeciduous

Origin of indecency

From the Latin word indecentia, dating back to 1580–90. See indecent, -ency

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British Dictionary definitions for indecency

indecency

/ (ɪnˈdiːsənsɪ) /

noun plural -cies

the state or quality of being indecent
an indecent act, etc
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Word Origin and History for indecency

indecency

n.

1580s, from Latin indecentia "unseemliness, impropriety," noun of quality from indecentem (see indecent).

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