Definition of indecent adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ɪnˈdiːsnt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈdiːsnt//
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  1. 1(of behaviour, talk, etc.) thought to be morally offensive, especially because it involves sex or being naked indecent conduct/photos He made an indecent suggestion to my wife. compare decent See related entries: Immoral
  2. 2(of clothes) showing parts of the body that are usually covered That skirt of hers is positively indecent.
  3. 3not done in the appropriate or usual amount of time They left the funeral with almost indecent haste (= too quickly).
  4. Word Originlate 16th cent.: from French indécent or Latin indecent-, from in- ‘not’ + decent- ‘being fitting’ (from the verb decere).Extra examples The rush to get hold of their father’s money seemed positively indecent. conduct which is grossly indecent photographs that are classed as indecent It is considered indecent for couples to be seen to be intimate in public. They left the funeral with almost indecent haste.
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