unscrupulous

adjective
un·​scru·​pu·​lous | \ ˌən-ˈskrü-pyə-ləs How to pronounce unscrupulous (audio) \

Definition of unscrupulous

: not scrupulous : unprincipled

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Other Words from unscrupulous

unscrupulously adverb
unscrupulousness noun

Examples of unscrupulous in a Sentence

an unscrupulous businessman manipulated them into selling their land for practically nothing
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First Known Use of unscrupulous

1803, in the meaning defined above

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“Unscrupulous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unscrupulous. Accessed 23 Apr. 2021.

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unscrupulous

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of unscrupulous

: not honest or fair : doing things that are wrong, dishonest, or illegal

unscrupulous

adjective
un·​scru·​pu·​lous | \ ˌən-ˈskrü-pyə-ləs How to pronounce unscrupulous (audio) \

Kids Definition of unscrupulous

: not having or showing regard for what is right and proper an unscrupulous salesman

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unscrupulously adverb

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