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unscrupulous

[ uhn-skroo-pyuh-luhs ]
/ ʌnˈskru pyə ləs /
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adjective

not scrupulous; unrestrained by scruples; conscienceless; unprincipled.

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Origin of unscrupulous

First recorded in 1795–1805; un-1 + scrupulous

synonym study for unscrupulous

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.

OTHER WORDS FROM unscrupulous

un·scru·pu·lous·ly, adverbun·scru·pu·lous·ness, un·scru·pu·los·i·ty [uhn-skroo-pyuh-los-i-tee], /ʌnˌskru pyəˈlɒs ɪ ti/, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for unscrupulous

unscrupulous
/ (ʌnˈskruːpjʊləs) /

adjective

without scruples; unprincipled

Derived forms of unscrupulous

unscrupulously, adverbunscrupulousness or unscrupulosity (ʌnˌskruːpjʊˈlɒsɪtɪ), noun
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