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

Other Words from fraudulent

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
Recent Examples on the Web The Better Business Bureau estimated that 80 percent of pet advertisements online are fraudulent. Janaya Wecker, Country Living, 13 May 2022 At least several dozen of these prescriptions were fraudulent and were for the same drug, strength and quantity, according to the release. Ngan Ho, Baltimore Sun, 13 May 2022 After the purchase the text was discovered to be fraudulent. Chicago Tribune, 10 May 2022 The lawyer falsely claimed Fulton elections workers pulled 18,000 fraudulent ballots from a suitcase and illegally fed them through the voting machines. New York Times, 2 Dec. 2021 The independent election watchdog Golos estimates that at least 78,000 fraudulent ballots were filed through the new system of electronic voting in Moscow, denying the Communist Party (KPRF) several wins. Fred Weir, The Christian Science Monitor, 26 Oct. 2021 Each person who made a complaint had a check that was stolen and compromised, and residents have had fraudulent bank activity on their accounts, Appell said. Olivia Mitchell, cleveland, 2 May 2022 In just two years, Elsa Majimbo has gained 2.5 million Instagram followers by eating potato chips in bed, encouraging her followers to party to the point of reporting fraudulent activity to their banks and laughing maniacally. Alexandra Sternlicht, Forbes, 26 Apr. 2022 Huntsman’s lawyers cite legal precedent that the First Amendment does not protect fraudulent activity performed in the name of religion. The Salt Lake Tribune, 16 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of fraudulent

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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17 May 2022

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“Fraudulent.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for fraudulent


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



Legal Definition of fraudulent

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

Other Words from fraudulent

fraudulently adverb

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