[ uhn-skroo-pyuh-luh s ]
/ ʌnˈskru pyə ləs /


not scrupulous; unrestrained by scruples; conscienceless; unprincipled.

Nearby words

  1. unscrambler,
  2. unscratched,
  3. unscreened,
  4. unscrew,
  5. unscripted,
  6. unseal,
  7. unsealed,
  8. unseam,
  9. unsearchable,
  10. unseasonable

Origin of unscrupulous

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

SYNONYMS 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.

Related formsun·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 unscrupulously


/ (ʌnˈskruːpjʊləs) /


without scruples; unprincipled
Derived Formsunscrupulously, adverbunscrupulousness or unscrupulosity (ʌnˌskruːpjʊˈlɒsɪtɪ), noun

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Word Origin and History for unscrupulously



1803, from un- (1) "not" + scrupulous.

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