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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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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To that end, Williamson contends that the Prime Sports contract is voidable under a North Carolina law designed to protect college athletes from unscrupulous agents. Michael Mccann, SI.com, "The Significance of Zion Williamson’s Lawsuit Against Prime Sports Marketing," 13 June 2019 Smooth talker The unscrupulous real estate tycoon was not, however, lacking in social skills. Andrea Frediani, National Geographic, "Money was not enough for Crassus, the richest man in Rome," 11 June 2019 As a result, many of those who defend Moro and Bolsonaro, or who simply abhor Lula and progressive politics, are already trying to discount The Intercept’s reporting as the work of unscrupulous ideologues. Andre Pagliarini, The New Republic, "The Conspiracy to Discredit Brazil’s Left," 10 June 2019 Cuomo has said the move is aimed at curtailing unscrupulous websites that charge people to have their mug shots removed from the internet. Chris Carola, The Seattle Times, "Manhattan tolls, plastic bag ban poised for approval in NY," 30 Mar. 2019 The two seem shady and unscrupulous right from the start, and sure enough, things quickly go downhill from there. Bryan Bishop, The Verge, "Prospect is a stylish science fiction movie that puts world building first," 31 Oct. 2018 That hesitation—and then the demand for a delay to conduct an FBI investigation—have combined to make Mrs. Feinstein look uncertain and perhaps unscrupulous. Allen C. Guelzo, WSJ, "Kavanaugh May Be the Democrats’ Waterloo," 5 Oct. 2018 David Oyelowo stars in this comedy about an ordinary guy caught up in a deadly mix of drug cartels and unscrupulous businessmen and women. Willie Brown, San Francisco Chronicle, "Tweets of terror: Trump is getting busy at the chopping block," 17 Mar. 2018 The fiduciary rule wouldn’t have prevented all unscrupulous sales practices. Lisa Beilfuss, WSJ, "Steak Dinner and Annuities: Retirement Product Surges After Fiduciary Rule’s Demise," 27 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of unscrupulous

1803, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of unscrupulous was in 1803

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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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