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fraudulent

[fraw-juh-luh nt]
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adjective
  1. characterized by, involving, or proceeding from fraud, as actions, enterprise, methods, or gains: a fraudulent scheme to evade taxes.
  2. given to or using fraud, as a person; cheating; dishonest.

Origin of fraudulent

First recorded in 1375–1425; late Middle English word from Latin word fraudulentus. See fraud, -ulent
Related formsfraud·u·lence, fraud·u·len·cy, nounfraud·u·lent·ly, adverbnon·fraud·u·lence, nounnon·fraud·u·len·cy, nounnon·fraud·u·lent, adjectivenon·fraud·u·lent·ly, adverbun·fraud·u·lent, adjectiveun·fraud·u·lent·ly, adverb

Synonyms

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1, 2. deceitful, deceptive, crooked, underhanded.
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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 fraudulency of the act was thus established, and so recognized by the court, although the accused was acquitted by the jury.


British Dictionary definitions for fraudulency

fraudulent

adjective
  1. acting with or having the intent to deceive
  2. relating to or proceeding from fraud or dishonest action
Derived Formsfraudulence or fraudulency, nounfraudulently, adverb

Word Origin

C15: from Latin fraudulentus deceitful
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Word Origin and History for fraudulency

fraudulent

adj.

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

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