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unconscionable

[uhn-kon-shuh-nuh-buhl]
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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.
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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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  • It is unconscionable that Khalid should misappropriate Party funds.

    The Book of Khalid

    Ameen Rihani

  • They seemed to be taking an unconscionable time to get there.

  • Feasts in Fairyland occupy an unconscionable length of time.

    The Science of Fairy Tales

    Edwin Sidney Hartland

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

    My Friend Smith

    Talbot Baines Reed

  • He would have pitilessly repressed my unconscionable volubility.

    Faces in the Fire

    Frank W. Boreham


British Dictionary definitions for unconscionable

unconscionable

adjective
  1. unscrupulous or unprincipledan unconscionable liar
  2. immoderate or excessiveunconscionable demands
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Derived Formsunconscionableness, noununconscionably, 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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