If you describe someone's behaviour as unethical, you think it is wrong and unacceptable according to a society's rules or people's beliefs.

It's simply unethical to promote and advertise such a dangerous product...

I thought it was unethical for doctors to operate upon their wives.

...to investigate widespread unethical and illegal practices in banking.

...accusations of unethical conduct.


English dictionary. 2008.

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