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[fraw-juh-luh nt] /ˈfrɔ dʒə lənt/
characterized by, involving, or proceeding from fraud, as actions, enterprise, methods, or gains:
a fraudulent scheme to evade taxes.
given to or using fraud, as a person; cheating; dishonest.
Origin of fraudulent
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English < Latin fraudulentus. See fraud, -ulent
Related forms
fraudulence, fraudulency, noun
fraudulently, adverb
nonfraudulence, noun
nonfraudulency, noun
nonfraudulent, adjective
nonfraudulently, adverb
unfraudulent, adjective
unfraudulently, adverb
1, 2. deceitful, deceptive, crooked, underhanded. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for fraudulent
  • Most refute the texts and offer ample evidence of their fraudulent nature.
  • But while there are certainly aboveboard agents and applications, other recruiters engage in fraudulent behavior.
  • And yet, nothing could be more fraudulent than the idea of a homogeneous oeuvre with a single name attached to it.
  • Barely a month goes by without some newly uncovered fraudulent image making it into the news.
  • But are you willing to admit your participation was driven by the fraudulent submissions.
  • Additionally, not all unaccredited universities are fraudulent.
  • It was later retracted and may have been fraudulent.
  • Photo-editing software gets more sophisticated all the time, allowing users to alter pictures in ways both fun and fraudulent.
  • Their malicious and fraudulent misrepresentations of facts speak for themselves.
  • Fee-for-service payment gives doctors incentives to provide more services than needed and allows for fraudulent billing.
British Dictionary definitions for fraudulent


acting with or having the intent to deceive
relating to or proceeding from fraud or dishonest action
Derived Forms
fraudulence, fraudulency, noun
fraudulently, adverb
Word Origin
C15: from Latin fraudulentus deceitful
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Word Origin and History for fraudulent

early 15c., from Middle French fraudulent, from Latin fraudulentus "cheating, deceitful," from fraus (see fraud). Related: Fraudulently.

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