Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Engaging in fraud; deceitful.
  • adj. Characterized by, constituting, or gained by fraud: fraudulent business practices.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. dishonest; based on fraud or deception
  • adj. false; phony

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Using fraud; tricky; deceitful; dishonest.
  • adj. Characterized by, founded on, or proceeding from, fraud.
  • adj. Obtained or performed by artifice.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Involving or characterized by fraud; proceeding from or founded on fraud; deceitful: as, a fraudulent bargain.
  • Planning or using fraud; given to the practice of fraud.
  • Synonyms Deceitful, etc. (see deceptive); dishonest, designing, unfair, knavish, guileful.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. intended to deceive

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old French, from Latin fraudulentus, from fraus, fraud-, deceit.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French, from Latin fraudulentus, from fraus. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Sheehan said the term fraudulent conveyance is a technical one used when a person filing bankruptcy tries to hide assets that could be used to pay creditors.

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  • About 10,000 protesters, mostly students, held a protest in Chisinau on Monday again what they called fraudulent elections.

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  • Crowds fill the streets, protesting what they call a fraudulent election.

    CNN Transcript Nov 23, 2004

  • The federal regulators said the company engaged in what it called fraudulent accounting practices from 2002 to 2007, including improper use of "bill-and-hold" accounting; improper recognition of revenue on a lease agreement subject to an undisclosed buy-back agreement; manipulating reserves and accruals; improperly delaying and capitalizing expenses, and improperly writing up the value of used inventory.

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  • Since disputed elections on June 12, Iran has been thrown into a political crisis as protesters - who at their peak numbered hundreds of thousands in the weeks after the vote - took to the streets to challenge what they called the fraudulent reelection of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

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  • Palin attorney Thomas Van Flein on Saturday warned legal action may be taken against bloggers and publications that reprint what he calls fraudulent claims. snip several websites, most notably liberal Alaska blogger Shannyn Moore, are now claiming as

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  • But Palin attorney Thomas Van Flein on Saturday warned legal action may be taken against bloggers and publications that reprint what he calls fraudulent claims.

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  • Across the street, protesters denounced what they called a fraudulent vote and urged a boycott.

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  • Later in the day the Governor's attorney Thomas Van Flein on warned legal action may be taken against bloggers and publications that reprint what he calls fraudulent claims.

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  • Thomas Van Flein on Saturday warned legal action may be taken against bloggers and publications that reprint what he calls fraudulent claims.

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