Definition of unconscionable in English:

unconscionable

adjective

  • 1Not right or reasonable.

    ‘the unconscionable conduct of his son’
    • ‘But although both doctrines show equity intervening to prevent unconscionable conduct, the special feature of the mutual wills and secret trust cases is that they involve not two parties but three.’
    • ‘In more recent times the Act has been extended to cover unconscionable conduct by business against business as well as by business against consumers.’
    • ‘Although unconscionable conduct in this narrow sense bears some resemblance to the doctrine of undue influence, there is a difference between the two.’
    • ‘Where the ground relied on is unconscionable conduct in a foreign court the principle of comity requires that the jurisdiction be exercised only with great caution.’
    • ‘This approach effectively permitted a defendant to reap the fruits of his own unconscionable conduct (subject to the latent damage provisions), and deprived the subsection of much practical substance.’
    • ‘The appellant's case is, or can be, put in two ways, firstly, unconscionable conduct by the son affecting the building society, and, secondly, the unconscionable conduct by the building society itself.’
    • ‘The Magistrate found firstly that they had engaged in misleading and deceptive conduct and also unconscionable conduct.’
    • ‘A corporation must not, in trade or commerce, engage in conduct that is unconscionable within the meaning of the unwritten law - section 51AB.’
    • ‘The Trade Practices Act is basically about misleading or deceptive conduct, or unconscionable conduct.’
    • ‘Furthermore, in order to assess the special disability and whether there has been unconscionable conduct, it is essential to also examine the actual actions of those against whom that conduct is impugned.’
    • ‘I think it's important that Government has the correct laws in place, and say where unconscionable conduct does occur, that action can be taken.’
    • ‘What the Trade Practices Act does is make unconscionable conduct unacceptable to the law.’
    • ‘The doctrine does not give relief for what is simply an unfair bargain - it has to be an unconscionable one, the terms of which show conduct shocking the conscience of the court.’
    • ‘He's been a very successful campaigner, with moral indignation, about this unconscionable debt bondage that exists in the world today, and he's been a very effective campaigner from the outside.’
    • ‘Moreover the fundamental principle that equity is concerned to prevent unconscionable conduct permeates all the elements of the doctrine.’
    • ‘It would have been a stranger to the unconscionable conduct.’
    • ‘The obstacles in the way to achieve such benefits, with cleaner fuels, continue to include a compromised political will coupled with unconscionable corporate conduct.’
    • ‘She added: ‘Those who are attempting to impose their own theological perspective instead of applying proven public health practices are playing a deadly game; an unconscionable game.’’
    • ‘The insured person is guilty of unconscionable conduct if he does not provide for the insurer to be recouped out of the damages awarded against the wrongdoer.’
    • ‘The rule has little force in circumstances such as the present where injunctive relief to prevent unconscionable conduct is the only substantive claim I can discern to be available to the appellant.’
    unethical, amoral, immoral, unprincipled, indefensible, wrong
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    1. 1.1 Unreasonably excessive.
      ‘shareholders have had to wait an unconscionable time for the facts to be established’
      • ‘At one extreme, I do not categorise it as unconscionable or extortionate: at the other, it is not standard or customary.’
      • ‘To define as ‘corporal punishment’ the mere physical separation of two combatants not only puts students at risk but also gives children unconscionable power over teachers who choose to intervene.’
      • ‘They will likely include Kashmiri Peter Qasim, who has been in detention for an unconscionable seven years, as well as the Afghan and Iraqi asylum-seekers whose countries say they cannot, for now, take them back.’
      • ‘The more radical elements of the gay community place unreasonable and unconscionable demands on essentially private persons who come into public view.’
      • ‘The problem is that the old party is an unconscionable time a-dying, which prompts Kemp to utter outrageous one-liners.’
      • ‘The world's leading solo Polar explorer - the only man to ski alone across both the Arctic and the Antarctic, a survivor of encounters with enemies as varied as ravenous bears and unconscionable loneliness - is quitting.’
      • ‘It alleged that the transaction was unconscionable, inequitable and unreasonable.’
      • ‘But the Bench refused to stay the proceedings after Jordan had contended he had been prejudiced by undue, unconscionable and inordinate delay since the raid two years ago.’
      • ‘The former MBA students said the tuition increase was ‘unfair, unreasonable and unconscionable,’ and the university failed to consult them.’
      excessive, unwarranted, uncalled for, unreasonable, unfair, inordinate, disproportionate, immoderate, extreme, undue, outrageous, preposterous, monstrous, inexcusable, unnecessary, needless
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Origin

Mid 16th century: from un- ‘not’ + obsolete conscionable, from conscience (interpreted as a plural) + -able.

Pronunciation

unconscionable

/ʌnˈkɒnʃ(ə)nəb(ə)l/