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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But the birds came to the zoo as adults, probably around 3 years old, and the institution considered the practice unethical for birds of their age. Daniel Victor, New York Times, "A Flamingo? In Texas? A Zoo Fugitive Since 2005 Is Still Surviving in the Wild," 27 June 2018 In one of the boldest advertising efforts in recent memory, British cosmetics company Lush has launched a campaign accusing U.K. police of unethical practices in undercover investigations. David Z. Morris, Fortune, "Lush Has a Surprising History of Getting Political. But Its Latest Ad Campaign About Police Corruption Is Just Wild," 3 June 2018 Some Uber customers vowed to turn their back on the ride-hailing company after a string of revelations about unethical practices and workplace harassment. Jefferson Graham, USA TODAY, "Vows to 'delete Uber' weren't just talk: Uber loses market share to Lyft after year of scandal," 15 May 2018 End the unethical practice of public employees being pressured to contribute money to political campaigns. Nick Hollkamp, The Courier-Journal, "Voters guide: Candidates for Jefferson County attorney and other races," 15 May 2018 Cambridge Analytica suspended Nix last week after a series of allegations about unethical practices at the company. Washington Post, BostonGlobe.com, "Cambridge Analytica sent foreigners to advise US campaigns, former workers say," 26 Mar. 2018 The public, and individual patients specifically, should be able to know and understand a doctor’s contacts and contracts with the industry—particularly those that edge toward the unethical. Susan Scutti, Newsweek, "The Sunshine Act Will Publicize Big Pharma’s Undue Influence on Doctors," 22 May 2014 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

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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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