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

Definition of unprincipled

: lacking moral principles : unscrupulous

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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 It’s the brazen acknowledgment of this reality that makes the whole enterprise so unprincipled. Gerard Baker, WSJ, "An Awesome Spectacle of Dishonesty and Opportunism," 4 Jan. 2021 For America to be healthy again, decent Republicans — in office and in business — need to break away from this unprincipled Trump-cult GOP and start their own principled conservative party. Thomas L. Friedman New York Times, Star Tribune, "Thomas L. Friedman: Never forget the names of these Republicans attempting a coup," 6 Jan. 2021 House Judiciary Committee chairman Jerrold Nadler said the pardon was undeserved and unprincipled. Democrat-gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, "Trump grants pardon to former adviser Flynn," 26 Nov. 2020 House Judiciary Committee Chair Jerry Nadler said the pardon was undeserved and unprincipled. Eric Tucker, The Christian Science Monitor, "Rewriting history? Trump pardons Michael Flynn," 25 Nov. 2020 The real Mitchell was an unprincipled, profane creep, and Doman digs into all of that with relish. Chris Hewitt, Star Tribune, "Aaron Sorkin makes 'The Trial of the Chicago 7' a very Sorkin-y showcase for actors," 15 Oct. 2020 Accum framed the problems in starkly moralistic terms: nefarious, mercenary, criminal, unprincipled, fraudulent, and evil. Benjamin R. Cohen, Wired, "Your Food Isn’t ‘Natural’ and It Never Will Be," 8 Oct. 2020 If this policy of unprincipled engagement continues, the United States stands to lose the future to today’s Communist superpower. Michael Mccaul, National Review, "It’s Time to Get Serious about the People’s Republic of China," 1 Oct. 2020 For most people, the news that McConnell is being unprincipled will be roughly as surprising as the news that professional wrestling is staged. Timothy Noah, The New Republic, "The Naive Futility of Calling Out Mitch McConnell’s Hypocrisy," 22 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of unprincipled

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 7 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of unprincipled

: not having or showing concern for what is right


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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