Definition of fraudulent in English:



  • 1Obtained, done by, or involving deception, especially criminal deception.

    ‘fraudulent share dealing’
    • ‘Police believed the documents were stolen over a period of time, or might have been obtained by fraudulent means.’
    • ‘Twenty people have been charged with trying to obtain fraudulent licences to drive tanker trucks.’
    • ‘The scam is only then spotted when the company whose cheque-book has been copied notices a fraudulent withdrawal.’
    • ‘A counterfeit or fraudulent cashier's check or corporate check is utilized to pay for merchandise.’
    • ‘He was impeached while in office on account of being involved in a fraudulent loan scam.’
    • ‘Investigators say at least two and possibly as many as eight of the hijackers had fraudulent visas.’
    • ‘However, it is always possible that some people present false, fraudulent X-rays.’
    • ‘These agencies accept the risk that the original cheque may be fraudulent and to counter this risk they charge an upfront fee.’
    • ‘The clever technically-minded crooks who will get false data and fraudulent results.’
    • ‘The result of their efforts was to be arrested by the Fraud Squad for making fraudulent applications.’
    • ‘Early indications are that the data has not, at least yet, been misused to obtain fraudulent loans and credit card accounts.’
    • ‘It appears that crimes involving fraudulent documents are on the increase.’
    • ‘Thieves pay a stolen or fraudulent cheque into their victim's bank account.’
    • ‘He began to invent fraudulent investment schemes for rare book and manuscript transactions.’
    • ‘He is concerned that future elections could be decided by fraudulent voting manipulated by unscrupulous cartels and the like.’
    • ‘A few months later our school principal lost his life savings in a fraudulent get-rich-quick scheme.’
    • ‘This fraudulent transaction set the stage for the unfortunate chain of events that was to follow.’
    • ‘The affair triggered investigations which uncovered fraudulent accounting at several other major companies.’
    • ‘They wanted to wait and see whether the passport did prove to be fraudulent.’
    • ‘This system is appropriate for reporting suspected unethical or fraudulent activities relating to employees of our company or actions by our company.’
    deceitful, duplicitous, fraudulent, counterfeit, sham, bogus, cheating, underhand, cunning, crafty, sly, guileful, scheming, perfidious, treacherous, Machiavellian, dissembling, disingenuous, untrustworthy, unscrupulous, unprincipled, dishonest, untruthful, lying, mendacious, insincere, false
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    1. 1.1Unjustifiably claiming or being credited with particular accomplishments or qualities.
      ‘fraudulent psychics’
      • ‘You have launched an attempt to crackdown on fraudulent claims, how much has this saved the industry?’
      • ‘Misleading or just plain fraudulent health claims abound in cyberspace.’
      • ‘It's time to put a stop to these unfair and fraudulent practices which are crippling British farmers.’
      • ‘It was the most rotten of rotten boroughs, a place where the corrupt, the fraudulent and the freeloaders prospered.’
      • ‘The integrity of his claims has been systematically taken apart and exposed as fraudulent.’
      • ‘Letters were then sent to the dealers that were selling the fraudulent whisky, informing them that it was illegal.’
      • ‘It is another example of the illusion of competition, the fraudulent notion of fairness and equality that is an increasing blight.’
      • ‘But it's wrong to say that every psychic has been exposed as fraudulent.’
      • ‘I can think of no more obvious example of false and fraudulent patriotism than this.’
      • ‘The best way to avoid unscrupulous or fraudulent brokers is to do your homework beforehand.’
      dishonest, cheating, swindling, corrupt, criminal, illegal, unlawful, illicit, against the law
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Late Middle English from Old French, or from Latin fraudulentus, from fraus, fraud- ‘deceit, injury’.