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[uhn-kon-shuh-nuh-buh l] /ʌnˈkɒn ʃə nə bəl/
not guided by conscience; unscrupulous.
not in accordance with what is just or reasonable:
unconscionable behavior.
excessive; extortionate:
an unconscionable profit.
1555-65; un-1 + conscionable
Related forms
unconscionability, noun
unconscionably, adverb
3. extreme, immoderate, unwarranted, inordinate. Unabridged
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  • Contract terms are substantively unconscionable if they are unfair and commercially unreasonable.
  • Advocates for the poor consider such cuts unconscionable.
  • Using hunting permits as a political protection racket for the livestock community is what is so unconscionable about this hunt.
  • Most scientists agree that it is unconscionable to clone humans when tests in animals have not been perfected.
  • We feel that it is unconscionable for restaurateurs to add fish to any dish without alerting their customers.
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  • It is unconscionable that in this country one of three kids is overweight or obese.
  • It was an unconscionable betrayal of a nation of people, and the land they gave away was not theirs to give.
  • Withdrawing the offer without ever giving you a firm deadline, and after only five days, is unconscionable.
  • Please fly my hello to those suffering from the unconscionable others.
British Dictionary definitions for unconscionable


unscrupulous or unprincipled: an unconscionable liar
immoderate or excessive: unconscionable demands
Derived Forms
unconscionableness, noun
unconscionably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for unconscionable

1560s, "showing no regard for conscience," from un- (1) + now rare conscionable "conscientious." Related: Unconscionably.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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