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

Definition of unscrupulous

: not scrupulous : unprincipled

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
Recent Examples on the Web The label came out looking fabulously unscrupulous. Michael Friedrich, The New Republic, 3 May 2022 White’s lawyer Lynne Ciani told jurors her client was the victim of an unscrupulous accountant. Nancy Dillon, Rolling Stone, 2 May 2022 The opioid crisis added to the devastation as pharmaceutical companies and unscrupulous doctors profited from pain medications. New York Times, 28 Apr. 2022 Moreover, unscrupulous scientists looking to cash in on cheating are busy at work trying to come up with new ways to cheat. Bryant Stamford, The Courier-Journal, 28 Apr. 2022 That leaves gender transition, which remains a process easily caricatured and demonized by unscrupulous politicians aiming to rally their base against a wholly imaginary crisis. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 9 Mar. 2022 The original oligarchs were true oligarchs in the economic sense—six or seven clever and unscrupulous men who, between them, assumed control of pretty much the entire Russian economy, and bent a laughably weak state to their will. Timothy Noah, The New Republic, 16 Mar. 2022 The newspaper’s investigation exposed how the fires disproportionately impact Black renters and how the government at all levels does little to prevent it, allowing unscrupulous landlords to continue renting unsafe properties. Raquel Rutledge And John Diedrich, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 12 Jan. 2022 As Russia’s war in Ukraine enters its second month and the economic sanctions on Moscow pinch tighter, there will always be unscrupulous hustlers and businessmen operating at the margins. Walter Shapiro, The New Republic, 24 Mar. 2022 See More

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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 20 May. 2022.

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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

Other Words from unscrupulous

unscrupulously adverb

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