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unconscionable

[uhn-kon-shuh-nuh-buh l] /ʌnˈkɒn ʃə nə bəl/
adjective
1.
not guided by conscience; unscrupulous.
2.
not in accordance with what is just or reasonable:
unconscionable behavior.
3.
excessive; extortionate:
an unconscionable profit.
Origin of unconscionable
1555-1565
First recorded in 1555-65; un-1 + conscionable
Related forms
unconscionability, noun
unconscionably, adverb
Synonyms
3. extreme, immoderate, unwarranted, inordinate.
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  • It is unconscionable that Khalid should misappropriate Party funds.

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  • By the way, what an unconscionable lot of letters there must be to keep him in there all this time!

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  • He would have pitilessly repressed my unconscionable volubility.

    Faces in the Fire Frank W. Boreham
British Dictionary definitions for unconscionable

unconscionable

/ʌnˈkɒnʃənəbəl/
adjective
1.
unscrupulous or unprincipled: an unconscionable liar
2.
immoderate or excessive: unconscionable demands
Derived Forms
unconscionableness, noun
unconscionably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for unconscionable
adj.

1560s, "showing no regard for conscience," from un- (1) + now rare conscionable "conscientious." Related: Unconscionably.

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