LEWDNESSlewdness. Gross, wanton, and public indecency that is outlawed by many state statutes; a sexual act that the actor knows will likely be observed by someone who will be affronted or alarmed by it. See Model Penal Code ¡ì 251.
1. ¡ª Also termed open lewdness. Cf. INDECENT EXPOSURE; OBSCENITY. [Cases: Lewdness
1. C.J.S. Lewdness ¡ì¡ì 2¨C9.]