un·​con·​scio·​na·​ble | \ˌən-ˈkän(t)-sh(ə-)nə-bəl \

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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Other Words from unconscionable

unconscionability \ˌən-​ˌkän(t)-​sh(ə-​)nə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē \ noun
unconscionableness \ˌən-​ˈkän(t)-​sh(ə-​)nə-​bəl-​nəs \ noun
unconscionably \ˌən-​ˈkän(t)-​sh(ə-​)nə-​blē \ 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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For a life to be taken when something is preventable is unconscionable to me. Ashley Halsey Iii, The Washington Post, chicagotribune.com, "10 years later, thousands of risky air bags are still on the road," 23 Apr. 2018 And then the other guy who’s been accused of doing some unconscionable s---. Tim Rohan, SI.com, "Michael, Murray and ... OJ? Ahmad Rashad Has Kept His Celeb Friends Close—Most of Them, Anyway," 29 June 2018 How can a government treat its own people with such unconscionable callousness? Mark Sappenfield, The Christian Science Monitor, "The costs of liberty," 15 June 2018 Most North Korea-watchers considered the first unconscionable and the second unrealistic. The Economist, "The rising cost of America First," 14 June 2018 But the zero-tolerance policy is itself intolerable, not to mention unconscionable and unnecessary. Will Bunch, Philly.com, "'Never again'? 'Again' is happening right now on America's border. What will you do? | Will Bunch," 10 June 2018 The other key part of the lending code, added by the same legislation that removed the rate caps, says courts can alter or strike loan terms deemed to be unconscionable. James Rufus Koren, latimes.com, "Can an interest rate be 'unconscionably' high? The California Supreme Court will decide," 5 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 \

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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