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[uhn-skroo-pyuh-luh s] /ʌnˈskru pyə ləs/
not scrupulous; unrestrained by scruples; conscienceless; unprincipled.
Origin of unscrupulous
1795-1805; un-1 + scrupulous
Related forms
unscrupulously, adverb
unscrupulousness, unscrupulosity
[uhn-skroo-pyuh-los-i-tee] /ʌnˌskru pyəˈlɒs ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
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. Unabridged
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  • Some unscrupulous drivers will claim not to have change, and will even swap your legitimate cash for fake bills.
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  • From them all zealous and unscrupulous followers of a political chief are called by that name, down to this day.
British Dictionary definitions for unscrupulous


without scruples; unprincipled
Derived Forms
unscrupulously, adverb
unscrupulousness, unscrupulosity (ʌnˌskruːpjʊˈlɒsɪtɪ) noun
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Word Origin and History for unscrupulous

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

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