Definition of fraudulent in English:



  • 1Obtained, done by, or involving deception, especially criminal deception.

    ‘fraudulent share dealing’
    • ‘A counterfeit or fraudulent cashier's check or corporate check is utilized to pay for merchandise.’
    • ‘It appears that crimes involving fraudulent documents are on the increase.’
    • ‘He was impeached while in office on account of being involved in a fraudulent loan scam.’
    • ‘The result of their efforts was to be arrested by the Fraud Squad for making fraudulent applications.’
    • ‘This system is appropriate for reporting suspected unethical or fraudulent activities relating to employees of our company or actions by our company.’
    • ‘Police believed the documents were stolen over a period of time, or might have been obtained by fraudulent means.’
    • ‘Twenty people have been charged with trying to obtain fraudulent licences to drive tanker trucks.’
    • ‘He is concerned that future elections could be decided by fraudulent voting manipulated by unscrupulous cartels and the like.’
    • ‘They wanted to wait and see whether the passport did prove to be fraudulent.’
    • ‘The clever technically-minded crooks who will get false data and fraudulent results.’
    • ‘He began to invent fraudulent investment schemes for rare book and manuscript transactions.’
    • ‘These agencies accept the risk that the original cheque may be fraudulent and to counter this risk they charge an upfront fee.’
    • ‘This fraudulent transaction set the stage for the unfortunate chain of events that was to follow.’
    • ‘Thieves pay a stolen or fraudulent cheque into their victim's bank account.’
    • ‘Early indications are that the data has not, at least yet, been misused to obtain fraudulent loans and credit card accounts.’
    • ‘The affair triggered investigations which uncovered fraudulent accounting at several other major companies.’
    • ‘Investigators say at least two and possibly as many as eight of the hijackers had fraudulent visas.’
    • ‘The scam is only then spotted when the company whose cheque-book has been copied notices a fraudulent withdrawal.’
    • ‘However, it is always possible that some people present false, fraudulent X-rays.’
    • ‘A few months later our school principal lost his life savings in a fraudulent get-rich-quick scheme.’
    deceitful, duplicitous, counterfeit, sham, bogus, cheating, underhand, cunning, crafty, sly, guileful, scheming, perfidious, treacherous, machiavellian, dissembling, disingenuous, untrustworthy, unscrupulous, unprincipled, dishonest, untruthful, lying, mendacious, insincere, false
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    1. 1.1 Unjustifiably claiming or being credited with particular accomplishments or qualities.
      ‘fraudulent psychics’
      • ‘It's time to put a stop to these unfair and fraudulent practices which are crippling British farmers.’
      • ‘It was the most rotten of rotten boroughs, a place where the corrupt, the fraudulent and the freeloaders prospered.’
      • ‘The integrity of his claims has been systematically taken apart and exposed as fraudulent.’
      • ‘Letters were then sent to the dealers that were selling the fraudulent whisky, informing them that it was illegal.’
      • ‘The best way to avoid unscrupulous or fraudulent brokers is to do your homework beforehand.’
      • ‘You have launched an attempt to crackdown on fraudulent claims, how much has this saved the industry?’
      • ‘Misleading or just plain fraudulent health claims abound in cyberspace.’
      • ‘I can think of no more obvious example of false and fraudulent patriotism than this.’
      • ‘It is another example of the illusion of competition, the fraudulent notion of fairness and equality that is an increasing blight.’
      • ‘But it's wrong to say that every psychic has been exposed as fraudulent.’
      dishonest, cheating, swindling, corrupt, criminal, illegal, unlawful, illicit, against the law
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Late Middle English: from Old French, or from Latin fraudulentus, from fraus, fraud- ‘deceit, injury’.