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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The show, produced by Mike Nichols, won seven Tonys in all, including best musical and best actress in a musical for Dorothy Loudon, who originated the role of unscrupulous, boozing orphanage administrator Miss Hannigan. Suzy Evans, The Hollywood Reporter, "Martin Charnin, Tony-Winning Creator of 'Annie,' Dies at 84," 7 July 2019 And that’s just another problem with retailing pride products — part of the unscrupulous nature of these marketing efforts. Washington Post, "A retail rainbow: Vendors mark LGBTQ Pride on sales racks," 23 June 2019 But Pan, a pediatrician, noted that misguided anti-vaccination parents were taking advantage of a handful of unscrupulous physicians to skirt the law. Mercury News & East Bay Times Editorial Boards, The Mercury News, "Editorial: California legislature should pass compromise vaccine bill," 25 June 2019 Politicians who acted on reason alone were virtuous, whereas those who exploited emotions and feelings were deemed to be unscrupulous. R.c., The Economist, "The political nausea when feelings replace facts," 21 June 2019 The bill’s author, Sen. Richard Pan, says unscrupulous doctors are selling exemptions, creating a public health risk. Washington Post, "The Latest: California vaccine bill moves ahead," 20 June 2019 Pan also proposes to punish unscrupulous doctors by banning them from submitting exemptions for at least two years, if the state Department of Public Health determines the physician poses a risk to health in a community. Dustin Gardiner, SFChronicle.com, "California vaccine-exemption crackdown amended to pull back on state control," 18 June 2019 Under several new state laws, Texas patients could get relief from surprise medical bills and unscrupulous emergency care clinics. Laura Garcia, ExpressNews.com, "Texas lawmakers crack down on ‘surprise medical bills,’ tighten rules on freestanding ERs," 18 June 2019 State health officials have blamed unscrupulous doctors writing bogus exemptions for anti-vaccine parents while charging hefty fees. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Anti-vaxxers defeated: NY bans exemptions as doctors vote to step up fight," 14 June 2019

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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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unscrupulously adverb

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