1 the quality of being indecent [ant: decency]
2 an indecent or improper act [syn: impropriety]
Decency is conformity to sociocultural standards of conduct and speech.
Standards of decency vary greatly depending on the cultural context. Most nations have laws against indecency which regulate certain sexual acts, and restrict one's ability to display certain parts of the body in public (see indecent exposure).
Definitions of indecency in England and WalesThe terms indecency and indecent have wide application in English law, but are not defined in any legislation. Historically, the words' dictionary definitions (as opposed to legal definitions) helped to resolve legal disputes concerning the scope or application of the terms.
- In R v Stanley (1965), Lord Parker attempted to differentiate indecency from obscenity:
- In Knuller v DPP, Lord Reid said that indecency includes "anything which an ordinary decent man or woman would find to be shocking, disgusting, or revolting."
- In R v Graham-Kerr (1988), Stocker L. J. said that the appropriate test in the case of the Protection of Children Act 1978 was the application of the "recognised standards of propriety" stated in R v Stamford (1972).
- Public Decency, Seeming Child Porn and the Web
- First Amendment Library entry on U.S. Supreme Court Cases re Indecent Speech
- American Decency Association
- 2005, Senate Commerce, Science & Transportation Cmte. Hearing on Decency in the Media archive at CSpan. [http://inside.c-spanarchives.org:8080/cspan/cspan.csp?command=dprogram&record=190192705]
- Entertainment Software Rating Board
indecency in German: Anstand
indecency in French: Décence
indecency in Dutch: Fatsoen
indecency in Portuguese: Decência
indecency in Russian: Порядочность
indecency in Serbian: Пристојност
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