unscrupulous

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

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 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 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

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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 \

Kids Definition of unscrupulous

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

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