Definition of indecent in English:

indecent

Line breaks: in|decent
Pronunciation: /ɪnˈdiːs(ə)nt
 
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adjective

1Not conforming with generally accepted standards of behaviour, especially in relation to sexual matters: indecent acts
More example sentences
  • Accordingly, the Act makes it an offence to display publicly any indecent matter.
  • She saw a male following her performing an indecent sexual act.
  • There was no other allegation of an indecent act, notwithstanding a detailed investigation.
Synonyms
obscene, dirty, filthy, rude, coarse, vulgar, gross, crude, bawdy, lewd, racy, risqué, salacious, wicked, improper, indelicate, unseemly, impure, smutty, spicy, raw, off colour, ribald, Rabelaisian, lascivious, licentious; pornographic, offensive, prurient, sordid, scatological, low, profane, foul, vile
British informal fruity, saucy
euphemistic adult
2Not appropriate or fitting: they leaped on the suggestion with indecent haste
More example sentences
  • If any visions appeared owing to this kindly ecclesiastical intervention then they must have disappeared with indecent haste.
  • I am seated with almost indecent haste and am handed a menu.
  • If the visitors were a long time in making any ground, Celtic eliminated any remaining title doubts with indecent haste.
Synonyms
unseemly, improper, indecorous, unceremonious, indiscreet, indelicate, demeaning, unbecoming, ungentlemanly, unladylike, unworthy, unfitting, unbefitting, degrading, debasing, cheapening, belittling, lowering, shaming, shameful, humiliating, mortifying, dishonourable, ignominious, undignified, discreditable, ignoble, inglorious, scandalous, disgraceful, outrageous; untoward, unsuitable, inappropriate; in bad taste, tasteless, unacceptable, offensive, crass

Origin

late 16th century: from French indécent or Latin indecent-, from in- 'not' + decent- 'being fitting' (see decent).

Derivatives

indecently

adverb
More example sentences
  • His tomb, carved in Irish bog oak, shows him wearing chain mail knee socks, bare knees and an indecently short tunic.
  • Add to that outstanding build quality and a turn of speed indecently fast for a diesel and you have a great package.
  • An anti-terrorist policeman accused of behaving indecently in his parked car has walked free from court.

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