Definition of fraudulent in US English:



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

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