Definition of unethical in English:

unethical

adjective

  • Not morally correct.

    ‘it is unethical to torment any creature for entertainment’
    • ‘Not only was her action a breach of her visa but was highly unethical and morally questionable.’
    • ‘Widespread as it may be, it is nevertheless a way of thinking that is profoundly amoral, unethical and indeed barbaric.’
    • ‘The following day, North accused his bosses of appalling, dishonest and unethical behaviour.’
    • ‘This does not make them unethical, dishonest people in life or their law practice.’
    • ‘Still, is it unethical or immoral to bring an extinct species back from the dead?’
    • ‘There were opposing views on how to protect the public from incompetent and unethical behaviour.’
    • ‘It will be seen as unethical, unprofessional and will affect the decisions made at that level.’
    • ‘Facing the dilemmas of ethical behaviour in a decidedly unethical society is the harder choice.’
    • ‘Many acts may look improper and unethical, yet there may have been a good reason for them.’
    • ‘To deprive children of this most basic human right is unethical.’
    • ‘Half a dozen newspapers recently have fired reporters for dishonest or unethical reporting.’
    • ‘I have concerns about any unethical behaviour amongst any health professionals.’
    • ‘If one had no way to justify a particular immoral or unethical act, a law was passed to legalize it.’
    • ‘These things may be ethical or unethical, depending on the situation.’
    • ‘To so burden those people, and to continue to burden them, is not only wrong but immoral and unethical.’
    • ‘What you are complaining about might have been individual unethical behaviour.’
    • ‘From an environmental point of view, I find eating meat completely unethical.’
    • ‘However, breaking the law often starts with unethical behaviour that has gone unnoticed.’
    • ‘And he also has plans to clean up big business by introducing a register of ethical and unethical businesses.’
    • ‘A business school course in ethics is hardly going to transform an unethical person into an ethical one.’
    immoral, amoral, unprincipled, unscrupulous, dishonourable, wrong, dishonest, deceitful, disreputable, unconscionable, fraudulent, dirty, unfair, underhand, devious, slippery, bad, wicked, evil, sinful, iniquitous, corrupt, depraved, villainous
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Pronunciation

unethical

/ʌnˈɛθɪk(ə)l/