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[uhn-skroo-pyuh-luh s]
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  1. not scrupulous; unrestrained by scruples; conscienceless; unprincipled.
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Origin of unscrupulous

First recorded in 1795–1805; un-1 + scrupulous
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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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.
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Related Words for unscrupulously

cruelly, viciously, perfidiously, ruthlessly, unconscionably, unethically

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Historical Examples of unscrupulously

  • She had power, and she was using it unscrupulously for selfish ends.

    A Coin of Edward VII

    Fergus Hume

  • But many writers are most unscrupulously themselves when they are young.

    Visions and Revisions

    John Cowper Powys

  • Ah, she had always been diabolically clever, unscrupulously ambitious!

    Ghetto Comedies

    Israel Zangwill

  • To be quite frank, he seems to me to pursue it ruthlessly, cruelly, unscrupulously.

    Hilda Wade

    Grant Allen

  • Have poor Indians been as unscrupulously corrupted as cheated?

British Dictionary definitions for unscrupulously


  1. without scruples; unprincipled
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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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