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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In the eyes of this unconscionable administration, none of it matters, and none of them deserve to brush their teeth or wash their faces. Kim Kelly, Allure, "Angels With Dirty Faces," 12 July 2019 The inhumane treatment of children in overcrowded detention camps is unconscionable. Letters To The Editor, The Mercury News, "Letter: Why hold immigrant kids in unsanitary for-profit camps?," 8 July 2019 Imagine how much more unconscionable that would feel if the city of Houston hadn’t been lucky enough to get an expansion team in 2002. Conor Orr, SI.com, "Which NFL Throwback Uniforms Should Make a Comeback?," 28 June 2019 That children are sleeping on concrete floors without basic resources is unconscionable. John Hirschauer, National Review, "Angela Rye Knows You’re Racist," 24 June 2019 Increasingly, these sites are where people conduct their lives, and the task of keeping them within acceptable bounds of discourse, and excluding the unconscionable, may be the most important thing the firms do. The Economist, "The unacknowledged legislators of the online world," 14 June 2019 To add some sort of shame and demonization on top of all that is just unconscionable. Julyssa Lopez, Glamour, "What Unplanned Gets Wrong About Abortion, According to Experts," 11 Apr. 2019 Those vehicles already have been given tax credits, so a further free ride is unconscionable. WSJ, "Time to Take a Fresh Look At the Federal Gasoline Tax," 29 Mar. 2019 Newspapers like the Gazette do vital work, and our thoughts are with them amid this unconscionable tragedy. Catherine Rentz, baltimoresun.com, "What they're saying about the fatal shooting at Capital Gazette newspaper in Annapolis," 29 June 2018

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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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