unprincipled (adj.) 1630s, "not instructed" (in something), from UN- (Cf. un-) (1) "not" + PRINCIPLED (Cf. principled). Meaning "not honorable" is recorded from 1640s.

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  • unprincipled — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ not acting in accordance with moral principles …   English terms dictionary

  • unprincipled — [un prin′sə pəld] adj. characterized by lack of moral principles; unscrupulous …   English World dictionary

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  • unprincipled — adjective he is an unprincipled opportunist Syn: immoral, unethical, amoral, unscrupulous, Machiavellian, dishonorable, dishonest, deceitful, devious, corrupt, crooked, wicked, evil, villainous, shameless, base, low; libertine …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • unprincipled — /ʌnˈprɪnsəpəld / (say un prinsuhpuhld) adjective 1. lacking sound moral principles, as a person. 2. showing want of principle, as conduct, etc. –phrase 3. unprincipled in, not instructed in the principles of. –unprincipledness, noun …  

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