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
Recent Examples on the Web While performance venues prepare to turn up their stage lights, unscrupulous sellers are also ramping up their ticket-buying scams. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, "Are your 'Hamilton' tickets fake? Why scammers are targeting Louisville performance venues," 11 May 2021 The cost of the real estate will plummet, making those areas ripe for unscrupulous developers. Oline H. Cogdill, sun-sentinel.com, "Book review: Jeffery Deaver’s action-packed ‘The Final Twist’ a nail-biter," 4 May 2021 Unfounded fears of teens zonked out on the pot have been weaponized by law-enforcement lobbies, prohibition-minded lawmakers, and unscrupulous grifters as reason why cannabis must remain cause to imprison and impoverish freedom-loving Americans. Chris Roberts, Forbes, "You Can Smoke Marijuana Outside In New York. But Should You?," 20 Apr. 2021 Gentile is only one of several flamboyantly odd or unscrupulous characters in the series. Jon Lender, courant.com, "Jon Lender: Connecticut gangster, Courant reporter featured in top-10 Netflix documentary series about world’s biggest art heist 31 years ago," 18 Apr. 2021 Why endure the inevitable unscrupulous attacks if there’s no realistic possibility of legal recourse? WSJ, "Permissive Libel Law Lets Democracy Down," 13 Apr. 2021 An American widow living in the London suburb of Hampstead and a man who lives on the Heath form an unlikely alliance against unscrupulous property developers in the neighborhood. Ed Stockly, Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV this week ‘Pulp Fiction’ on BBC America and IFC," 9 Apr. 2021 Finally, the risks can come from unscrupulous smugglers. Peter Prengaman, Star Tribune, "In ghostly border video, dangers for migrant kids revealed," 2 Apr. 2021 Authentication works in reverse too, meaning sellers can also conduct their business and be assured they won’t be scammed by unscrupulous buyers. CNN Underscored, "Explore your passion for sneakers — let eBay take care of the paperwork," 27 Mar. 2021

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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 16 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of unscrupulous

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


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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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