unconscionable

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

un- +‎ conscionable

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (General Australian) IPA(key): /ənˈkɔn.ʃən.ə.bəl/, /ənˈkɔnʃ.nə.bəl/, /ənˈkɔn.ʃən.bəl/
  • (General American) IPA(key): /ʌnˈkɑn.ʃən.ə.bəl/, /ʌnˈkɑnʃ.nə.bəl/, /ʌnˈkɑn.ʃən.bəl/
  • (UK) IPA(key): /ʌnˈkɒn.ʃən.ə.bəl/, /ʌnˈkɒn.ʃən.bəl/

Adjective[edit]

unconscionable (comparative more unconscionable, superlative most unconscionable)

  1. Not conscionable; unscrupulous and lacking principles or conscience.
    • 2001, Joyce Carol Oates, Middle Age: A Romance (Fourth Estate, paperback edition, p364)
      When Roger assured him that prospects "looked very good" for a retrial, even a reversal of the verdict, since Roger had discovered "unconscionable errors" in the trial, Jackson grunted in bemusement and smiled with half his mouth.
  2. Excessive, imprudent or unreasonable.
    The effective rate of interest was unconscionable, but not legally usurious.
    • 1837, L[etitia] E[lizabeth] L[andon], Ethel Churchill: Or, The Two Brides. [], volume II, London: Henry Colburn, [], OCLC 21345056, page 84:
      He amazed the pretty hostess by refusing breakfast; however, flinging down double the amount of her already unconscionable bill, consoled her for his want of appetite.

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