un|scru´pu|lous|ly

un|scru´pu|lous|ly
un|scru|pu|lous «uhn SKROO pyuh luhs», adjective.
not careful about right or wrong; without principles or conscience: »

The unscrupulous boy cheated on the test.

un|scru´pu|lous|ly, adverb.
un|scru´pu|lous|ness, noun.
Synonym Study Unscrupulous, unprincipled mean without regard for what is morally right. Unscrupulous implies a willful disregard of moral principles: »

He would stoop to any unscrupulous trick to avoid paying his bills.

Unprincipled implies a lack of moral principles: »

He is so unprincipled that when I explained my scruples to him it was obvious he didn't know what I was talking about.

The distinction is roughly parallel to the difference between immoral and amoral.

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • scru´pu|lous|ness — scru|pu|lous «SKROO pyuh luhs», adjective. 1. very careful to do what is right: »a scrupulous man, scrupulous honesty. SYNONYM(S): conscientious. 2. attending thoroughly to details; very careful: »A soldier must pay scrupulous attention to orders …   Useful english dictionary

  • scru´pu|lous|ly — scru|pu|lous «SKROO pyuh luhs», adjective. 1. very careful to do what is right: »a scrupulous man, scrupulous honesty. SYNONYM(S): conscientious. 2. attending thoroughly to details; very careful: »A soldier must pay scrupulous attention to orders …   Useful english dictionary

  • scru|pu|lous — «SKROO pyuh luhs», adjective. 1. very careful to do what is right: »a scrupulous man, scrupulous honesty. SYNONYM(S): conscientious. 2. attending thoroughly to details; very careful: »A soldier must pay scrupulous attention to orders. ╂[<… …   Useful english dictionary

  • un|scru|pu|lous — «uhn SKROO pyuh luhs», adjective. not careful about right or wrong; without principles or conscience: »The unscrupulous boy cheated on the test. –un|scru´pu|lous|ly, adverb. –un|scru´pu|lous|ness, noun. Synonym Study Unscrupulous, unprincipled… …   Useful english dictionary

  • un|scru´pu|lous|ness — un|scru|pu|lous «uhn SKROO pyuh luhs», adjective. not careful about right or wrong; without principles or conscience: »The unscrupulous boy cheated on the test. –un|scru´pu|lous|ly, adverb. –un|scru´pu|lous|ness, noun. Synonym Study Unscrupulous …   Useful english dictionary

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  • scru — in·scru·ta·ble; in·scru·ta·ble·ness; in·scru·ta·bly; per·scru·ta·tion; scru·pler; scru·pu·list; scru·pu·los·i·ty; scru·pu·lous; scru·pu·lous·ly; scru·pu·lous·ness; scru·ta·ble; scru·ta·tor; scru·ti·neer; scru·ti·nize; scru·ti·niz·er;… …   English syllables

  • lous — aceph·a·lous; achlo·ro·phyl·lous; acid·u·lous; acoe·lous; adac·ty·lous; am·moph·i·lous; am·phib·o·lous; am·phi·coe·lous; am·phi·con·dy·lous; an·e·moph·i·lous; an·gu·lous; an·iso·dac·ty·lous; an·iso·phyl·lous; anom·a·lous; anom·a·lous·ly;… …   English syllables

  • scrupulous — scru•pu•lous [[t]ˈskru pyə ləs[/t]] adj. 1) having scruples; principled 2) rigorously precise or exact: scrupulous adherence to duty[/ex] • Etymology: 1400–50; late ME < L scrūpulōsus. See scruple, ous scru pu•los′i•ty ˈlɒs ɪ ti… …   From formal English to slang

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