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  1. offending against generally accepted standards of propriety or good taste; improper; vulgar: indecent jokes; indecent language; indecent behavior.
  2. not decent; unbecoming or unseemly: indecent haste.
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Origin of indecent

1555–65; < Latin indecent- (stem of indecēns) unseemly. See in-3, decent
Related formsin·de·cent·ly, adverb


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Examples from the Web for indecently

Historical Examples

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


    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

British Dictionary definitions for indecently


  1. offensive to standards of decency, esp in sexual matters
  2. unseemly or improper (esp in the phrase indecent haste)
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Derived Formsindecently, 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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