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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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 Despite receiving billions of dollars in taxpayer money, Medicaid insurers are lax in ferreting out fraud and neglect to tell states about unscrupulous medical providers, according to a federal report released Thursday. Chad Terhune, Washington Post, "Insurers Fall Short In Catching And Reporting Medicaid Fraud, Inspectors Find," 12 July 2018 At the moment unscrupulous companies can get away with poor employment practices, at the expense of both workers and those employers who play by the rules, says Jeremias Prassl of Oxford University. The Economist, "A spanner in the worksThe Pimlico Plumbers case puts the gig economy on trial," 20 Feb. 2018 Kevin Macdonald’s documentary that portrays Houston as an artist, a cultural phenomenon and, in the end, a victim of unscrupulous and abusive family members as well as a trainwreck-addicted tabloid culture. Ann Hornaday, kansascity, "New Whitney Houston documentary transcends the rise-and-fall formula," 5 July 2018

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First Known Use of unscrupulous

1803, in the meaning defined above

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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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