a) Without scruples, immoral
b) Contemptuous of what is right or honorable

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  • unscrupulous — unscrupulously, adv. unscrupulousness, unscrupulosity /un skrooh pyeuh los i tee/, n. /un skrooh pyeuh leuhs/, adj. not scrupulous; unrestrained by scruples; conscienceless; unprincipled. [1795 1805; UN 1 + SCRUPULOUS] Syn. UNSCRUPULOUS,… …   Universalium

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