even·​hand·​ed | \ ˌē-vən-ˈhan-dəd \

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Other Words from evenhanded

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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While he's gained some prominence as a never-Trump conservative, the arguments in his book are evenhanded at distributing blame. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "First thing we do, let’s kill all the experts," 21 Oct. 2018 But some other council members, including Russia, said the U.S. measure wasn’t evenhanded. Washington Post, "Rival UN Security Council proposals on Gaza both fail," 1 June 2018 More recently, Paris has taken a more evenhanded approach. Declan Walsh, New York Times, "Libyan Strongman’s Illness Stokes Fears of a Succession Feud," 19 Apr. 2018 Cries for impeachment recurred when the court released a more evenhanded map. Meghan Leonard, Washington Post, "Republicans are calling for the impeachment of Pennsylvania judges. It’s nothing new.," 5 Mar. 2018 The public can always count on the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office to try to pursue justice in a fair and evenhanded manner. Chris Palmer, Philly.com, "Meek Mill is free, but his case goes on," 25 Apr. 2018 Whereas previous presidents and their administrations have gone out of their way to appear evenhanded, Trump has made no secret of his affinity for Israeli positions. Washington Post, "US Embassy move in Israel emblematic of broader policy shift," 25 Apr. 2018 Tillerson and Mattis, who noted the close U.S. military relationship with Qatar, quickly issued evenhanded statements calling for dialogue. Karen Deyoung, chicagotribune.com, "Mike Pompeo will face host of foreign policy challenges if confirmed as secretary of state," 13 Mar. 2018 America Alone,’ [Gary] Cohn said Tuesday, while insisting on evenhanded trade relationships. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: Trump surprises his lawyers and alarms his friends by saying he will talk with Mueller," 25 Jan. 2018

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1611, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of evenhanded was in 1611

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English Language Learners Definition of evenhanded

: not favoring one side or group over another

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to gather or build up little by little

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