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[uhn-eth-i-kuh l] /ʌnˈɛθ ɪ kəl/
lacking moral principles; unwilling to adhere to proper rules of conduct.
not in accord with the standards of a profession:
She treated patients outside the area of her training, and the appropriate medical organization punished her unethical behavior.
Origin of unethical
Related forms
unethically, adverb
unethicalness, unethicality, noun Unabridged
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  • If they have also passed a law that says cheating at gambling is illegal, the law is unethical, not the cheating.

    The Ethical Engineer Henry Maxwell Dempsey
  • Strictly speaking there is no such thing as an unethical religion.

  • Lacking this, hysterical symptoms, unethical tendencies, lack of self-control become easily manifest.

    Psychotherapy James J. Walsh
  • The tragedies of the younger poets for the most part are unethical.

  • And you do not intend to use your knowledge of this conversation, when gained, for an illegal or unethical purpose?

    The Valley of the Giants Peter B. Kyne
British Dictionary definitions for unethical


not ethical; improper: companies involved in unethical practices
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for unethical

1871, from un- (1) "not" + ethical. Related: Unethically.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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