[uhn-eth-i-kuh l]
  1. lacking moral principles; unwilling to adhere to proper rules of conduct.
  2. not in accord with the standards of a profession: She treated patients outside the area of her training, and the appropriate medical organization punished her unethical behavior.

Origin of unethical

Related formsun·eth·i·cal·ly, adverbun·eth·i·cal·ness, un·eth·i·cal·i·ty, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for unethicality


  1. not ethical; impropercompanies involved in unethical practices
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Word Origin and History for unethicality



1871, from un- (1) "not" + ethical. Related: Unethically.

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