[ fraw-juh-luhnt ]
See synonyms for: fraudulentfraudulencefraudulency on

  1. characterized by, involving, or proceeding from fraud, as actions, enterprise, methods, or gains: a fraudulent scheme to evade taxes.

  2. given to or using fraud, as a person; cheating; dishonest.

  1. false or deceiving; phony; misleading: They’ve concocted a series of fraudulent pretexts for the invasion that collapse instantly on examination.

Origin of fraudulent

First recorded in 1375–1425; late Middle English, from Latin fraudulentus; see fraud, -ulent

Other words for fraudulent

Other words from fraudulent

  • fraud·u·lence, fraud·u·len·cy, noun
  • fraud·u·lent·ly, adverb
  • non·fraud·u·lence, noun
  • non·fraud·u·len·cy, noun
  • non·fraud·u·lent, adjective
  • non·fraud·u·lent·ly, adverb
  • un·fraud·u·lent, adjective
  • un·fraud·u·lent·ly, adverb

Words Nearby fraudulent Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use fraudulent in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for fraudulent


/ (ˈfrɔːdjʊlənt) /

  1. acting with or having the intent to deceive

  2. relating to or proceeding from fraud or dishonest action

Origin of fraudulent

C15: from Latin fraudulentus deceitful

Derived forms of fraudulent

  • fraudulence or fraudulency, noun
  • fraudulently, adverb

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