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unconscionable

[uhn-kon-shuh-nuh-buh l]
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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

First recorded in 1555–65; un-1 + conscionable
Related formsun·con·scion·a·bil·i·ty, nounun·con·scion·a·bly, adverb

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3. extreme, immoderate, unwarranted, inordinate.
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unconscionable

adjective
  1. unscrupulous or unprincipledan unconscionable liar
  2. immoderate or excessiveunconscionable demands
Derived Formsunconscionableness, noununconscionably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for unconscionably

unconscionable

adj.

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

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