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
Recent Examples on the Web The state became a hotbed for inappropriate opioid prescribing as unscrupulous pain clinics attracted out of state drug seekers. David Armstrong, ProPublica, "Inside Purdue Pharma’s Media Playbook: How It Planted the Opioid “Anti-Story”," 19 Nov. 2019 Wolf said that some unscrupulous contractors list their workers as independent contractors rather than employees. cleveland, "South Euclid City Council wants to make sure construction site workers pay their fair share," 18 Oct. 2019 Lawmakers and health experts have blamed unscrupulous doctors for catering to anti-vaccine or vaccine-hesitant parents with bogus exemptions, often charging hefty fees. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Anti-vaccine doctor charged with gross negligence over bogus exemptions," 23 Oct. 2019 Unkempt, increasingly unscrupulous in his competitive tactics, Edison also lives in the shadow of personal tragedy; Tuppence Middleton portrays his wife in a few quick early scenes. Michael Phillips, chicagotribune.com, "’The Current War’ review: Benedict Cumberbatch’s Thomas Edison squares up against Michael Shannon’s George Westinghouse. And now we’re stuck with the electricity bill.," 22 Oct. 2019 The mayor said Cummings wasn’t afraid to speak out ‘‘against brutal dictators bent on oppression, unscrupulous business executives who took advantage of unsuspecting customers, or even a U.S. President. BostonGlobe.com, "Maya Rockeymoore Cummings, Cummings’ wife and the chair of Maryland’s Democratic Party," 18 Oct. 2019 Withholding military aid from a foreign ally to leverage a domestic presidential campaign is unscrupulous at best, and damaging to US democracy at worst. Pete Gelling, Quartz, "This is why Trump’s Ukraine call could be an impeachable offense," 24 Sep. 2019 Haiti’s bright side Fuel shortages and unscrupulous politicians may be a daily reality in Haiti, but there’s positive things happening there, too. Vincent Joos, The Conversation, "Gas shortages paralyze Haiti, triggering protests against failing economy and dysfunctional politics," 23 Sep. 2019 Stay Safe From Wi-Fi Tracking As with Bluetooth, in a pre-iOS 13 world some unscrupulous apps were able to track your location without actually asking for permission to do so. David Nield, Wired, "The iOS 13 Privacy and Security Features You Should Know," 22 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of unscrupulous

1803, in the meaning defined above

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“Unscrupulous.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unscrupulousness. Accessed 11 December 2019.

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unscrupulous

adjective
How to pronounce unscrupulous (audio)

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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