If you describe something as unconscionable, you mean that the person responsible for it ought to be ashamed of it, especially because its effects are so great or severe. [LITERARY]

It's unconscionable for the government to do anything for a man who admits to smuggling 135 tons of cocaine into the United States.

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  • unconscionable — un·con·scio·na·ble /ˌən kän chə nə bəl/ adj: unreasonably unfair to one party, marked by oppression, or otherwise unacceptably offensive to public policy an unconscionable clause finds the contract...to have been unconscionable at the time it was …   Law dictionary

  • Unconscionable — Un*con scion*a*ble, a. 1. Not conscionable; not conforming to reason; unreasonable; exceeding the limits of any reasonable claim or expectation; inordinate; as, an unconscionable person or demand; unconscionable size. [1913 Webster] Which use of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • unconscionable — [un kän′shən ə bəl] adj. 1. not guided or restrained by conscience; unscrupulous 2. unreasonable, excessive, or immoderate 3. not fair or just; outrageous [unconscionable demands] unconscionably adv …   English World dictionary

  • unconscionable — (adj.) 1560s, showing no regard for conscience, from UN (Cf. un ) (1) + now rare CONSCIONABLE (Cf. conscionable) conscientious. Related: Unconscionably …   Etymology dictionary

  • unconscionable — [adj] immoral, immoderate amoral, barbarous, conscienceless, criminal, dishonest, excessive, exorbitant, extravagant, extreme, inordinate, knavish, outrageous, preposterous, sneaky, too much*, uncivilized, undue, unethical, unfair, ungodly,… …   New thesaurus

  • unconscionable — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ not right or reasonable. DERIVATIVES unconscionably adverb. ORIGIN from obsolete conscionable «conscientious» …   English terms dictionary

  • unconscionable — adjective Date: 1565 1. not guided or controlled by conscience ; unscrupulous < an unconscionable villain > 2. a. excessive, unreasonable < found an unconscionable number of defects in the car > b. shockingly unfair or unjust …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • unconscionable — unconscionability, n. unconscionably, adv. /un kon sheuh neuh beuhl/, adj. 1. not guided by conscience; unscrupulous. 2. not in accordance with what is just or reasonable: unconscionable behavior. 3. excessive; extortionate: an unconscionable… …   Universalium

  • unconscionable — adjective /ənˈkɔn.ʃən.ə.bəl/ a) Not conscionable; unscrupulous and lacking principles or conscience. When Roger assured him that prospects looked very good for a retrial, even a reversal of the verdict, since Roger had discovered unconscionable… …   Wiktionary

  • unconscionable — adjective 1) the unconscionable use of test animals Syn: unethical, amoral, immoral, unprincipled, indefensible, unforgivable, wrong; unscrupulous, unfair, underhanded, dishonorable Ant: ethical 2) …   Thesaurus of popular words

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