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scruple

noun [C or U] uk   /ˈskruː.pl̩/ us  
a feeling that prevents you from doing something that you think is morally wrong or makes you uncertain about doing it: Robin Hood had no scruples about robbing the rich to give to the poor. He is a man without scruple - he has no conscience.Morality and rules of behaviour

scruple

verb uk   /ˈskruː.pl̩/ formal us  
not scruple to do sth to not care that something you do is morally wrong or likely to have bad results: He wouldn't scruple to cheat his own mother if there was money in it for him.Treating as unimportantNeglecting and ignoringNot paying attention
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