even·​hand·​ed ˌē-vən-ˈhan-dəd How to pronounce evenhanded (audio)
evenhandedly adverb
evenhandedness noun

Examples of evenhanded in a Sentence

I thought it was an evenhanded assessment of her performance. an evenhanded meting out of punishment
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Word History

First Known Use

1611, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of evenhanded was in 1611

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“Evenhanded.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/evenhanded. Accessed 10 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


even·​hand·​ed ˌē-vən-ˈhan-dəd How to pronounce evenhanded (audio)
: not favoring one over another : fair, impartial
an evenhanded decision
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