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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Now, the abrupt resignation of advocate Ginger McCall, who accused Brown’s general counsel of undue influence and unethical behavior, has blown up into a debacle for the governor. Washington Post, "Resignation of Oregon public records advocate stirs doubts," 12 Sep. 2019 Of course, there are instances where unethical behavior could be at play. Molly Burford, Glamour, "How to Break Up With Your Therapist," 6 Sep. 2019 Acquiring Greenland for the purpose of plundering its natural resources and using its waterways which have been created by melting ice because of global warming may not be absurd but certainly is unethical. Letters To The Editor, The Mercury News, "Letter: Trump buying Greenland is certainly unethical," 29 Aug. 2019 The progressive party, many past presidents, the media, and Hollywood didn’t need to be schooled by Donald Trump on the arts of crudity, unprofessionalism, and unethical behavior. Victor Davis Hanson, National Review, "Trump — or What, Exactly?," 27 Aug. 2019 For a while now, hospitality industry trade bodies have been calling out food-service aggregators (FSA) such as Zomato, Swiggy, Nearbuy, Dineout, EazyDiner, and Magicpin for their unethical business practices. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz India, "Indian restaurants have forced Zomato to change its recipe—and customers are left with a sour taste," 21 Aug. 2019 In addition to Cummins’s statement, ProPublica obtained text messages and an e-mail composed by former Brewer employees in March, 2018, that alleged unethical behavior by the firm. Mike Spies, The New Yorker, "New Documents Raise Ethical and Billing Concerns About the N.R.A.’s Outside Counsel," 30 July 2019 In addition to Cummins’ statement, ProPublica obtained text messages and email composed by former Brewer employees in March 2018 that alleged unethical behavior by the firm. Mike Spies, ProPublica, "New Documents Raise Ethical and Billing Concerns About the NRA’s Outside Counsel," 30 July 2019 What is ethical to one may be unethical to another. National Geographic, "Is the food appropriate and safely provided?," 31 July 2019

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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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