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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Liu and his conspirators have been charged with nine counts of wire fraud, seven counts of passing false and fraudulent papers through customs and conspiracy. Amy Gunia, Time, "U.S. Indicts Chinese Billionaire on Charges of Evading $1.8 Billion in Tariffs," 1 Aug. 2019 Liu and the other individual defendants face up to 465 years in prison if convicted on all 24 counts of conspiracy, wire fraud, money laundering, and passing false and fraudulent papers through a customhouse. David J. Lynch, Washington Post, "Chinese billionaire indicted on charges of skirting U.S. aluminum tariffs," 31 July 2019 Mandy Henderson, 41, of Las Vegas, pleaded no contest July 22 to a single count of making a false or fraudulent claim or statement, a felony violation of the state insurance code. Robert Salonga, The Mercury News, "Bodybuilding Santa Clara County Sheriff’s lieutenant pleads no contest to workers comp fraud," 26 July 2019 The lawsuits contend that the pharmaceutical companies' and distributors' marketing of prescription opioids was fraudulent and deceptive, the resolution states. Alison Dirr, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Common Council measure would allow city attorney to sue opioid makers, distributors," 22 July 2019 Mike pled guilty to one count of tax evasion in January 2018, and his brother pled guilty to one count of aiding in the preparation of a false and fraudulent tax return. Joelle Goldstein, PEOPLE.com, "Mike 'The Situation' Sorrentino Celebrates Birthday in Jail with Wishes from Wife and Castmates," 4 July 2019 The financial institution would then receive a refund -- which sometimes was used to conduct another round of fraudulent purchases. San Diego Union-Tribune, "County authorities charge 21 people in complex fraud schemes that netted $5M," 20 June 2019 Federal investigators state there were other business endeavors attached to the fraudulent credit card purchases. Lillian Reed, baltimoresun.com, "Chad Focus: Who is the Baltimore rapper named in a federal wire fraud indictment?," 5 June 2019 Galan said that agents may have suspected the teen's documents were fraudulent based on previous documents his mother took out in his name. Fox News, "Texas-born U.S. citizen released from ICE custody after being detained for 3 weeks," 24 July 2019

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First Known Use of fraudulent

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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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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