un·​prin·​ci·​pled | \ ˌən-ˈprin(t)-s(ə-)pəld How to pronounce unprincipled (audio) , -sə-bəld \

Definition of unprincipled

: lacking moral principles : unscrupulous

Other Words from unprincipled

unprincipledness noun

Examples of unprincipled in a Sentence

a dishonest and unprincipled attack on his reputation an unprincipled businessman who made a lot of money—and didn't care how he did it
Recent Examples on the Web Georgians can send a clear message that voters will reward honest leadership and reject unprincipled politicians. Larry Hogan, WSJ, 23 May 2022 If a jurisdiction’s tax administration routinely takes unprincipled transfer pricing enforcement positions, and the judiciary shows little interest in stopping it, a deferential standard of review may very well be harmful. Ryan Finley, Forbes, 16 May 2022 Critics see a tangle of unprincipled hypocrisies—intellectual ground cover for banal shamelessness and techy self-interest. Anna Wiener, The New Yorker, 27 Oct. 2021 If the field on which a powerful company plays the game of engagement is an unprincipled devotion to progress that is measured by quarterly earnings, then yes. Curt Steinhorst, Forbes, 22 Oct. 2021 Some of those efforts may be mere unprincipled emotional reactions; others may proceed from principles worthy of profound respect. Joshua Prager, CNN, 23 Sep. 2021 The show is about those things, but The Morning Show’s attempts to tell stories about them, and the characters themselves, reach for a numb, unprincipled emptiness. Kathryn Vanarendonk, Vulture, 18 Sep. 2021 Sam’s unprincipled pursuit of her confused principles gives the novel a loopy energy. Alexandra Schwartz, The New Yorker, 9 Aug. 2021 Juneteenth celebrations clearly expose the unprincipled political con games being perpetrated upon American thought and language. Armond White, National Review, 23 June 2021 See More

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1644, in the meaning defined above

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“Unprincipled.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unprincipled. Accessed 27 Jun. 2022.

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un·​prin·​ci·​pled | \ ˌən-ˈprin-sə-pəld How to pronounce unprincipled (audio) \

Kids Definition of unprincipled

: not having or showing high moral principles unprincipled behavior

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