un·​eth·​i·​cal ˌən-ˈe-thi-kəl How to pronounce unethical (audio)
: not conforming to a high moral standard : morally wrong : not ethical
illegal and unethical business practices
immoral and unethical behavior
unethically adverb

Examples of unethical in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There is legitimate worry that a hunter who solicited a drone recovery service might be tempted to act on information previously unknown prior to the drone flight, thus crossing the line from fair chase into unethical territory. Hayden Sammak, Outdoor Life, 8 Feb. 2024 Minor backlashes have erupted over the years asking whether Kim’s business model is unethical or if his reviews are automatically biased because money has changed hands. Christopher Null, WIRED, 7 Feb. 2024 Artists and songwriters need to be compensated appropriately for their work and protected from unethical uses of AI. Kristin Robinson, Billboard, 2 Feb. 2024 And doing therapy without explicit informed consent, especially in front of a crowd, is inherently unethical. Emily Latimer, Longreads, 25 Jan. 2024 Most scientists find the idea of human cloning highly controversial and unethical. Sorcha Bradley, The Week Uk, theweek, 23 Jan. 2024 The rankings go quickly downhill from there, with 17 professions viewed as dishonest and unethical by a majority of those surveyed. Kate Gibson, CBS News, 22 Jan. 2024 Indeed, the study has gone down in the annals of American history as one of the most notorious, but by no means only, examples of medicine at its most prejudicial, virulent and unethical. Caitjan Gainty, Smithsonian Magazine, 12 Jan. 2024 While the State Auditor’s Office concluded that the checks did not constitute unethical conduct, legislators like Sen. Keith Wagoner, R-Sedro Woolley, want to prevent the issue from arising in the future. Peter Cordi, Washington Examiner, 12 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1871, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of unethical was in 1871

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“Unethical.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unethical. Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

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