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
Recent Examples on the Web At the core of QAnon are baseless allegations that Democratic officials and Hollywood celebrities have engaged in unconscionable crimes, including raping and eating children, while seeking to subvert the Constitution. Washington Post, "YouTube joins Silicon Valley peers in pre-election QAnon clampdown," 15 Oct. 2020 Would conservatives really want to restore the unconscionable practices this liberal court ruled against? Steve Chapman Chicago Tribune, Star Tribune, "Amy Coney Barrett's religion is fine," 4 Oct. 2020 As a famous author, using an immense social media following to share anti-trans rhetoric is unconscionable. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Letter Opposing J.K. Rowling's Transphobia Signed by More Than 1,500 Publishing Professionals," 3 Oct. 2020 Once Anaya’s parental rights were terminated, leaving him in this endless state of limbo was unconscionable. Naomi Schaefer Riley, National Review, "Forever a Foster Child, Never an Adopted Son," 25 Sep. 2020 Other districts, like Hammond and Whiting, made the unconscionable decision to not play. Mike Hutton, chicagotribune.com, "Hutton: Starting football on time has been a big win for the IHSAA, players and coaches," 9 Sep. 2020 Congressional gridlock on this issue is unconscionable and must end, before states are forced to make deep cuts to the very services people are depending on in this crisis. Editorial Board Star Tribune, Star Tribune, "Federal aid for states is needed — even in Minnesota," 4 Sep. 2020 The result is an unconscionable neglect of some of the world’s most vulnerable people. Haley Clark, Fortune, "Why I signed a letter to Ivanka Trump urging her to protect human trafficking survivors," 2 Sep. 2020 Sending out players to the field with ZERO TESTING POLICY then sending them home to vulnerable parents and grandparents is unconscionable. Ben Thomas | Bthomas@al.com, al, "2 Alabama high school football coaches voice opinions to delay 2020 season," 21 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of unconscionable

1565, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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“Unconscionable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unconscionable. Accessed 28 Oct. 2020.

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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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