un·​eth·​i·​cal | \ ˌən-ˈe-thi-kəl How to pronounce unethical (audio) \

Definition of unethical

: not conforming to a high moral standard : morally wrong : not ethical illegal and unethical business practices immoral and unethical behavior

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unethically \ ˌən-​ˈe-​thi-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce unethically (audio) \ adverb

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Not only is fashion currently one of the [dirtiest industries in the world], lack supply chain transparency has led to unethical manufacturing processes and disconnection between customers and where their garments are coming from. Alyssa Hardy, Teen Vogue, "Interview: Designer Mara Hoffman on Sustainability in Fashion," 22 Mar. 2019 Some would argue those paying the recruits are unethical and deceptive individuals. Michael Mccann, SI.com, "Why Maryland Receiving FBI Subpoenas Should Worry Other College Programs, Basketball Players," 7 July 2018 Others see the actions as an inevitable consequence of extreme public outrage at a policy that many see as deeply unethical and un-American, with shades of fascist ethnic warfare. David Z. Morris, Fortune, "Trump Press Secretary Sarah Sanders Kicked Out of Virginia Restaurant," 23 June 2018 The Trump administration wants to spare its business buddies the annoyance of customers revealing unfair, unethical and unscrupulous practices. David Lazarus, latimes.com, "Trump's consumer agency chief looks to shut down database of consumer complaints," 8 June 2018 There is not yet independent confirmation of his claim, but scientists and regulators have been swift to condemn the experiment as unethical and unscientific. Christina Larson, The Seattle Times, "Gene-editing scientist under scrutiny by Chinese officials," 28 Nov. 2018 Turner told me that the process had opened him to the possibility that, far from being unethical and dangerous, some of what was happening in practices like Wolfson's might represent innovation to be learned from and emulated. Moises Velasquez-manoff, WIRED, "Ketamine Stirs Up Hope—and Controversy—as a Depression Drug," 8 May 2018 While it’s not considered unethical to see friends of friends, some individual therapists would prefer not to do that given the sanctity of each relationship. SELF, "Is It a Bad Idea to See the Same Therapist as Someone You Know?," 24 Jan. 2019 Their suspicions about turning part of Toronto into a corporate test bed were triggered, at first, by the company’s history of unethical corporate practices and surreptitious data collection. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Facebook has a growing morale problem," 15 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of unethical

1871, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of unethical was in 1871

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English Language Learners Definition of unethical

: morally bad : not ethical

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