un·​eth·​i·​cal | \ ˌən-ˈe-thi-kəl \

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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Other Words from unethical

unethically \ ˌən-​ˈe-​thi-​k(ə-​)lē \ adverb

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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 But continuing to refuse them the opportunity to earn money off their own name, one of the most valuable things all of us have in our lives, is unethical, ludicrous and beyond explanation. Nick Baumgardner, Detroit Free Press, "It's time: Allow college athletes to make money off their names," 16 May 2018 That kicked off a whirlwind of stories alleging unethical, wasteful, and secretive behavior at the EPA, which has led to calls—even within the White House—for Pruitt to be fired. Emily Atkin, The New Republic, "Scott Pruitt Used a Military Helicopter to Visit a Coal Mine," 9 May 2018 Algorithms are also prone to unethical clinical decision-making. Junaid Nabi, STAT, "What Facebook’s public scrutiny can teach us about artificial intelligence in health care," 11 Apr. 2018 That all came to a standstill, though, when Hong, 34, watched The True Cost, a documentary about unethical fashion production. Michaela Dosamantes, Glamour, "6 Women Who Are Shaping the Future of Fashion," 23 Oct. 2018 Their improper, dishonest, and unethical behavior must now be exposed. Sean Elder, Town & Country, "The War of The Grosses: Inside the Bitter Divorce Battle of the Laguna Beach "Bond King"," 22 Oct. 2018 This, of course, would be completely dishonest and unethical behavior. Fox News, "New evidence of political bias at Google; gender politics at play in Michigan Senate race," 21 Sep. 2018 Comey describes Trump as a congenital liar and unethical leader, devoid of human emotion and driven by personal ego. Philip Rucker, Anchorage Daily News, "Comey’s memoir: Trump fixates on proving lewd dossier allegations false," 13 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of unethical

1871, in the meaning defined above

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