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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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  • But critics believe using them is unethical and immoral.
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  • They also served as yet another reminder of how widespread unethical behavior remained among the country's power elite.
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  • What people now understand as being unethical research was not always the product of malevolent intentions.
  • It is highly unethical to use any part of a human being's anatomy for experiments, cells inclusive.
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  • The whole thing was completely biased and unethical.
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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