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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
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Examples from the Web for fraudulently
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  • It is absurd to suppose they were fraudulently produced in this laboratory.

    The Shadow World

    Hamlin Garland
  • I have learned that I am not your brother at all, but that I was fraudulently put in that position.

    The Dash for Khartoum George Alfred Henty
  • Suppose that the man, instead of being dealt with fraudulently, is calumniated.

    The Data of Ethics

    Herbert Spencer
  • His accumulated earnings had been fraudulently appropriated.

    The Dreadnought of the Air Percy F. Westerman
  • Forty-seven cards had been fraudulently inserted among the others.

    The Count's Millions Emile Gaboriau
  • If she were not fraudulently producing it, then it must be that some window had been opened.

  • The idea of insinuating that you had stepped in fraudulently, and been the parasite which chocked her!

    Faithful Margaret Annie Ashmore
  • It is clear that he believed a large proportion to have been fraudulently produced.

    Psychic Phenomena Edward T. Bennett
British Dictionary definitions for fraudulently


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 fraudulently



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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