fraudulent

adjective
fraud·​u·​lent | \ ˈfrȯ-jə-lənt How to pronounce fraudulent (audio) \

Definition of fraudulent

: characterized by, based on, or done by fraud : deceitful fraudulent use of a credit card fraudulent claims for unemployment compensationWall Street Journal

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fraudulently adverb
fraudulentness noun

Examples of fraudulent in a Sentence

Corrupt leaders were chosen in a fraudulent election. fraudulent use of a credit card the victim of a fraudulent scheme
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Recent Examples on the Web The executive also referenced baseless claims that mail-in ballots were fraudulent. Washington Post, "Goya’s CEO falsely claims Trump is the ‘real,’ ‘legitimate’ president. Critics call for a boycott.," 1 Mar. 2021 President Donald Trump’s supporters attended a rally hosted by the president south of the White House before storming the Capitol in an attempt to overturn the presidential election results, which Trump falsely claimed to have been fraudulent. James Whitlow, baltimoresun.com, "Tip from Harford state’s attorney’s office leads to arrest of Maryland man who participated in Capitol riots, FBI says," 1 Mar. 2021 While many of the offers are clearly fraudulent, others may be legitimate, officials say, even if the prices quoted are astronomical. New York Times, "Amid Slow Vaccine Deliveries, Desperate E.U. Nations Hunt for More," 26 Feb. 2021 Jeremy Pelzer reports that at least 29,000 of the 101,825 new jobless claims filed in Ohio last week -- more than 28% -- are suspected to be fraudulent. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland, "Gov. Mike DeWine outlines reopening for indoor entertainment venues: The Wake Up for Friday, Feb. 26, 2021," 26 Feb. 2021 The state of Michigan and the city of Detroit have asked a federal judge to sanction attorneys who filed lawsuits that falsely alleged the November vote was fraudulent, the first of several similar efforts expected across the country. Rosalind S. Helderman, Anchorage Daily News, "Impeachment is over, but other efforts to reckon with Trump’s post-election chaos have just begun," 22 Feb. 2021 The bill is meant to target ads for products that are fraudulent, paid content that spreads propaganda and manipulates public opinion — such as what occurred in Myanmar in 2018, and help victims of online harassment campaigns. Nihal Krishan, Washington Examiner, "Democrats split over plan to require greater censorship of ads in Section 230 overhaul," 18 Feb. 2021 If tax pros fall for this one, the IRS notes that fraudsters can use information that's disclosed to them to file fraudulent returns by impersonating the tax professional. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, "IRS to start processing 2020 tax returns Friday: What to know before you file," 12 Feb. 2021 Officials now estimate that more than a quarter of all unemployment payments during the pandemic could be fraudulent, even as hundreds of thousands of Californians continue to struggle to access benefits. Alexei Koseff, San Francisco Chronicle, "Biden picks California Labor Secretary Julie Su for administration job," 10 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of fraudulent

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Fraudulent.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fraudulent. Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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More Definitions for fraudulent

fraudulent

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of fraudulent

: done to trick someone for the purpose of getting something valuable

fraudulent

adjective
fraud·​u·​lent | \ ˈfrȯ-jə-lənt How to pronounce fraudulent (audio) \

Kids Definition of fraudulent

: based on or done by deceit a fraudulent claim

Other Words from fraudulent

fraudulently adverb

fraudulent

adjective
fraud·​u·​lent

Legal Definition of fraudulent

: characterized by, based on, or done by fraud — compare deceptive, false, misleading

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