- not scrupulous; unrestrained by scruples; conscienceless; unprincipled.
Origin of unscrupulous
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Unscrupulous, unprincipled refer to lack of moral standards or conscience to guide one's conduct. The unscrupulous person is without scruples of conscience, and disregards, or has contempt for, laws of right or justice with which he or she is perfectly well acquainted, and which should restrain his or her actions: unscrupulous in methods of making money, in taking advantage of the unfortunate. The unprincipled person is without moral principles or ethical standards in his or her conduct or actions: an unprincipled rogue; unprincipled conduct.
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Examples from the Web for unscrupulously
She had power, and she was using it unscrupulously for selfish ends.A Coin of Edward VII
But many writers are most unscrupulously themselves when they are young.Visions and Revisions
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Ah, she had always been diabolically clever, unscrupulously ambitious!Ghetto Comedies
To be quite frank, he seems to me to pursue it ruthlessly, cruelly, unscrupulously.Hilda Wade
Have poor Indians been as unscrupulously corrupted as cheated?
- without scruples; unprincipled
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