- not scrupulous; unrestrained by scruples; conscienceless; unprincipled.
Origin of unscrupulous
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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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Examples from the Web for unscrupulousness
Yet you permit him to continue—you with your unscrupulousness and your secret agents.The Traitors
E. Phillips (Edward Phillips) Oppenheim
He had achieved this position by unscrupulousness and low cunning.If Winter Don't
Literally: Whatever violence and unscrupulousness attack, comes.The Fables of Phdrus
Monsieur, on his side, fell to the lowest depths of baseness and unscrupulousness.A Chambermaid's Diary
She admired his strength, his daring, and his unscrupulousness.
- without scruples; unprincipled
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Word Origin and History for unscrupulousness
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