from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The state or quality of being unseemly or immodest.
  • n. Something indecent.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. lack of decency; the property or degree of being indecent
  • n. something showing lack of decency; something such as a word that is indecent

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quality or state of being indecent; lack of decency, modesty, or good manners; obscenity.
  • n. That which is indecent; an indecent word or act; an offense against delicacy.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The quality or condition of being indecent; want of decency; unbecomingness; especially, extreme vulgarity or obscenity of speech, action, or representation; immorality.
  • n. That which is indecent or unbecoming; language, or behavior, or pictorial representation, etc., that violates modesty or decorum; specifically, that which is obscene or grossly vulgar.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the quality of being indecent
  • n. an indecent or improper act


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  • Since the company renovated its premises in the centre of Jerusalem, installing picture windows that let passers-by see the rehearsals, ultra-orthodox Jews in the locality have waged a campaign against what they call the "indecency" of the women dancers.

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  • How far is the government going in its crackdown on what it calls indecency?

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  • COOPER: The government's crackdown on what it calls indecency has created a lot of buzz among our viewers.

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  • "crusade" against content, including "unmooring" the term indecency from its original meaning of "language that described or depicted sexual or excretory activities."

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  • And the FCC's indecency policy is virtually identical to the definition of indecency the court struck down as unconstitutionally vague in 1997 with respect to Internet content.

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  • Instead of ordering all 169 stations that aired it to pay the larger fine, the FCC ordered 13 Fox-owned and - affiliated stations to pay a total of $91,000 in indecency fines for broadcasting an episode of the long-canceled reality show "Married by America" nearly five years ago.

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  • Things changed for the network censors last week after the Federal Communications Commission proposed $4 million in indecency fines against television stations -- the bulk of them to a group of CBS affiliates, for airing an episode of '' Without a Trace that featured a teen orgy.

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  • Arabic word, however low it may be or “shocking” to ears polite; preserving, on the other hand, all possible delicacy where the indecency is not intentional; and, as a friend advises me to state, not exaggerating the vulgarities and the indecencies which, indeed, can hardly be exaggerated.

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  • Using strict scrutiny, the Court could uphold the indecency restriction only by continuing to accept, despite the lack of evidence, that indecency is harmful to harmful.



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