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  • Adj.

unconscionable

uhn-KON-shuh-nuh-buhl

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To spit intentionally in someone’s face is unconscionable. This sort of unconscionable and unacceptable behavior shows no restraint and is both extremely rude and positively indecent. For a parent to teach a child that anger can be acceptably shown in this way is unconscionable and entirely unreasonable. Learning socially acceptable behavior is important, and to think that aggressive actions are a better way to communicate than with words is outrageously wrong and unconscionable.

Quiz: What is an unconscionable act?

  • One that is thoughtful in that it has regard for others in mind.
  • One that is unprincipled and immoral.
  • One that is done without thinking of consequences.
Definition

Memory Hook
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Unconscionable Only if Unconscious The only way that Frida the good nun would be able to commit an unconscionable crime would be if she were unconscious at the time of doing it.

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  • We must ensure the economy really works for all, to address unconscionable wealth and income disparities that allow access to opportunity for some over others. — Beto O’Rourke, American politician from Texas Beto o’rourke, american politician from texas
  • The American experience clearly shows the huge cost that excessive and arbitrary litigation can bring for prices, jobs and innovation through damages, punitive damages, unconscionable lawyers' fees and jury decisions. —The Economist
  • Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, D-Maryland, ranking member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, said in a statement that he is looking into the extent at which "middleman companies are making substantial profits by engaging in a form of drug speculation.". . . "Price gouging for drugs that treat cancer in children is simply unconscionable," said Cummings. —CNN
  • Public school choice avoids the politically unacceptable option of compulsory busing on the one hand and the socially unconscionable alternative of school segregation on the other. —The Christian Science Monitor

Word Ingredients
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un- not, opposite of
con- thoroughly
sci know
-able handy, capable of

If one commits unconscionable acts, one is “capable of” of doing the “opposite of” what one “thoroughly knows” to be the right thing.

Word Constellation
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Unconscionable

Word Variants
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conscionable adj principled; acceptable to one's conscience or moral standards