un·​con·​scio·​na·​ble | \ ˌən-ˈkän(t)-sh(ə-)nə-bəl How to pronounce unconscionable (audio) \

Definition of unconscionable

1a : shockingly unfair or unjust unconscionable sales practices
b : excessive, unreasonable found an unconscionable number of defects in the car
2 : not guided or controlled by conscience : unscrupulous an unconscionable villain

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unconscionability \ ˌən-​ˌkän(t)-​sh(ə-​)nə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce unconscionability (audio) \ noun
unconscionableness \ ˌən-​ˈkän(t)-​sh(ə-​)nə-​bəl-​nəs How to pronounce unconscionableness (audio) \ noun
unconscionably \ ˌən-​ˈkän(t)-​sh(ə-​)nə-​blē How to pronounce unconscionably (audio) \ adverb

When Do You Use unconscionable?

Something that can't be done in good conscience is unconscionable, and such acts can range from betraying a confidence to mass murder. For a five-syllable word, unconscionable is actually quite common. This is partly because it isn't always used very seriously; so, for example, a critic is free to call a fat new book "an unconscionable waste of trees". In law, an unconscionable contract is one that, even though it was signed by both parties, is so ridiculous that a judge will just throw it out.

Examples of unconscionable in a Sentence

They have had to endure unconscionable delays. an unconscionable number of errors for an important government report

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The California Supreme Court in a decision last year determined that high interest rates on consumer loans over $2,500 can be deemed unconscionable under state law. Los Angeles Times, "High interest rate loans could soon be capped in California under plan approved by lawmakers," 13 Sep. 2019 For a country that prioritizes and prides itself on things like family values, this feels unconscionable. Jeneé Osterheldt, BostonGlobe.com, "Alex Ohanian, father of Reddit, on the importance of family leave and being a dad," 5 Sep. 2019 Their existence was horrible, ghastly and unconscionable. Pat Lenhoff, chicagotribune.com, "Column: Cancellation of Civil War Days in Lake County erases a vital history lesson. It needs to be restored.," 17 July 2019 Dishonoring her memory is not only wildly inappropriate but also unconscionable. Ruth Hopkins, Teen Vogue, "Sacagawea Changed the Course of History and Deserves Respect," 11 Jan. 2019 The task is so large that direct government spending on projects such as power plants is a recipe for unconscionable waste. The Washington Post, Twin Cities, "Other voices: Sanders climate plan would take us nowhere," 29 Aug. 2019 The state’s Deceptive Consumer Sales Act also prohibits unconscionable sales transactions. Michael Mccann, SI.com, "Colts Would Win in Court vs. Fans Seeking Ticket Refunds Over Luck's Retirement," 26 Aug. 2019 The appellate panel reversed the trial court’s order finding the arbitration provisions in the executives’ employment agreements procedurally and substantively unconscionable. Dan Eaton, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Why otherwise defective arbitration agreements may be enforced against high-ranking executives," 19 Aug. 2019 Netflix contends that such deals are unconscionable, void out of public policy interests, and furthermore, constitute unfair business practices. Eriq Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter, "Netflix Tells Court It Shouldn't Have to Disclose Which Actors Have Long-Term Deals," 23 July 2019

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First Known Use of unconscionable

1565, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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English Language Learners Definition of unconscionable

: extremely bad, unfair, or wrong
: going far beyond what is usual or proper


un·​con·​scio·​na·​ble | \ ˌən-ˈkän-chə-nə-bəl How to pronounce unconscionable (audio) \

Legal Definition of unconscionable

: unreasonably unfair to one party, marked by oppression, or otherwise unacceptably offensive to public policy an unconscionable clause finds the contract…to have been unconscionable at the time it was madeUniform Commercial Code — compare conscionable

Other Words from unconscionable

unconscionably adverb

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