unscrupulous

adjective
un·scru·pu·lous | \ˌən-ˈskrü-pyə-ləs \

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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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 With little legal protection, unauthorized workers in Thailand can be at the mercy of human traffickers or unscrupulous employers. Hannah Beech, The Seattle Times, "For some Thai soccer-team members, cave ordeal was only their latest test," 10 July 2018 With little legal protection, undocumented workers in Thailand can be at the mercy of human traffickers or unscrupulous employers. Hannah Beech, New York Times, "Stateless and Poor, Some Boys in Thai Cave Had Already Beaten Long Odds," 10 July 2018 The unscrupulous among the tycoons went further still. The Economist, "The humbling of India’s tycoons," 19 Apr. 2018 There are unscrupulous online pharmacies that masquerade as Canadian drugstores. Houston Chronicle, "Vicks VapoRub for poison ivy itch," 8 July 2018 Both seek out unscrupulous lawyer Billy Flynn (Matt Reher) to get off the hook. Hugh Hunter, Philly.com, "'Chicago' at Broadway Theatre of Pitman: Lots of talent, entertainment," 8 July 2018 Shaq portrays John Henry Irons, a weapons designer whose laser weaponry fall into the hands of an unscrupulous soldier (Judd Nelson) who intends to sell it to criminal gangs. Charles Stockdale And John Harrington, USA TODAY, "The 24 most forgettable superheroes in movies," 5 July 2018 Then, unscrupulous legislators, led by Lake County’s state former senator and now Supervisor of Elections Alan Hays, hijacked the money to feed bloated state bureaucracy, pay off state debt and keep the corporate welfare flowing. Lauren Ritchie, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Environment, voters score big win over contemptuous legislators," 29 June 2018

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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 \

Kids Definition of unscrupulous

: not having or showing regard for what is right and proper an unscrupulous salesman

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