- 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
Related formsfraud·u·lence, fraud·u·len·cy, nounfraud·u·lent·ly, adverbnon·fraud·u·lence, nounnon·fraud·u·len·cy, nounnon·fraud·u·lent, adjectivenon·fraud·u·lent·ly, adverbun·fraud·u·lent, adjectiveun·fraud·u·lent·ly, adverb
First recorded in 1375–1425; late Middle English
word from Latin
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British Dictionary definitions for non-fraudulent
Derived Formsfraudulence or fraudulency, nounfraudulently, adverb
- acting with or having the intent to deceive
- relating to or proceeding from fraud or dishonest action
C15: from Latin fraudulentus deceitful
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Word Origin and History for non-fraudulent
early 15c., from Middle French fraudulent, from Latin fraudulentus "cheating, deceitful," from fraus (see fraud). Related: Fraudulently.
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