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

Other Words from unethical

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

Examples of unethical in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The disclosure was meant to deter unethical behavior by exposing the timing of trades. Michael Taylor, San Antonio Express-News, 19 Jan. 2022 For me, manufacturers of handguns are in a business category that is unethical and irresponsible. Christopher Marquis, Forbes, 15 Mar. 2022 Benson’s email ratcheted up the war of words between his company and the scientists, calling his behavior unethical and unlawful. Brian Maffly, The Salt Lake Tribune, 2 Feb. 2022 Allowing the experiment to go past the fetal phase and let the human gene-carrying monkeys to be born would be irresponsible and unethical, study coauthor Wieland Huttner said in the press release. Tim Childers, Popular Mechanics, 16 Nov. 2020 Her family was completely unaware that her biological material was being used for unethical scientific research for over six decades, nor were they compensated. Gabrielle A. Perry, refinery29.com, 22 Dec. 2020 Though lesser known than the Tuskegee syphilis study, documented reports of unethical medical research conducted in the 1940s by the U.S. government on unsuspecting people in Guatemala has made people who are Latino wary, too. Fredrick Kunkle, Washington Post, 13 Sep. 2020 That Clarence Thomas has made no effort to recuse himself from cases in which his wife has an interest is profoundly unethical. Jill Filipovic, CNN, 22 Feb. 2022 Is the problem that Vivian is unethical, or unrealistic? Elizabeth Logan, Glamour, 22 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of unethical

1871, in the meaning defined above

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“Unethical.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unethical. Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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