Definition of fraudulent in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈfrôjələnt/


1Obtained, done by, or involving deception, especially criminal deception: the fraudulent copying of American software
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  • 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.
1.1Unjustifiably claiming or being credited with particular accomplishments or qualities: he unmasked fraudulent psychics
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  • 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.
dishonest, cheating, swindling, corrupt, criminal, illegal, unlawful, illicit;
deceitful, double-dealing, duplicitous, dishonorable, unscrupulous, unprincipled
informal crooked, shady, dirty



Pronunciation: /ˈfrôjələns/
Example sentences
  • These are instances of deception we know about, and they have two important consequences apart from the fraudulence of any policies based on such deceit.
  • Then there's the possibility that fraudulence at the polls that has gone undetected could make the difference.
  • Not only have they dared to reveal some of the secrets behind their own tricks, but they've also made a name for themselves as debunkers, exploring the fraudulence of so-called supernatural phenomenon.


Late Middle English: from Old French, or from Latin fraudulentus, from fraus, fraud- 'deceit, injury'.

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Syllabification: fraud·u·lent

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