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[fraw-juh-luh nt] /ˈfrɔ dʒə lənt/
characterized by, involving, or proceeding from fraud, as actions, enterprise, methods, or gains:
a fraudulent scheme to evade taxes.
given to or using fraud, as a person; cheating; dishonest.
Origin of fraudulent
late Middle English
First recorded in 1375-1425; late Middle English word from Latin word fraudulentus. See fraud, -ulent
Related forms
fraudulence, fraudulency, noun
fraudulently, adverb
nonfraudulence, noun
nonfraudulency, noun
nonfraudulent, adjective
nonfraudulently, adverb
unfraudulent, adjective
unfraudulently, adverb
1, 2. deceitful, deceptive, crooked, underhanded. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for fraudulency
Historical Examples
  • There had to be considered, also, the fraudulency of continuing to inflict such a woman on society in the guise of a lady.

    Why Joan? Eleanor Mercein Kelly
  • In this instance we hear nothing of fraudulency—time, cumulativeness, the power of massed data.

    The Book of the Damned Charles Fort
  • The fraudulency of the act was thus established, and so recognized by the court, although the accused was acquitted by the jury.

    Legal Chemistry A. Naquet
British Dictionary definitions for fraudulency


acting with or having the intent to deceive
relating to or proceeding from fraud or dishonest action
Derived Forms
fraudulence, fraudulency, noun
fraudulently, adverb
Word Origin
C15: from Latin fraudulentus deceitful
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Word Origin and History for fraudulency



early 15c., from Middle French fraudulent, from Latin fraudulentus "cheating, deceitful," from fraus (see fraud). Related: Fraudulently.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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