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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 fraudulent
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  • Why does his lordship wish to find this—this—fraudulent person?

  • A fraudulent old baronet is running race-horses on the cross.

    The Stark Munro Letters J. Stark Munro
  • The agent and principal at a fraudulent sale shall be equally liable.

    Laws Plato
  • But who is going to be able to prove that it was fraudulent?

    The Masked Bridal Mrs. Georgie Sheldon
  • If there be psychic phenomena, there must be fraudulent psychic phenomena.

    The Book of the Damned Charles Fort
British Dictionary definitions for fraudulent


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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for fraudulent

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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