even·​hand·​ed | \ ˌē-vən-ˈhan-dəd How to pronounce evenhanded (audio) \

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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
Recent Examples on the Web This is a fair and evenhanded country ruled by equitable laws and without cruel or unusual punishment. Charlie Peters, National Review, "The Diplomat’s Wife Should Stand Trial," 8 Oct. 2019 Director Rupert Goold, working from a screenplay by Tom Edge, does a terrific job of telling Garland’s tale in an evenhanded manner that’s sympathetic but still faithful to the facts. Ross Raihala, Twin Cities, "‘Judy’ is a terrific, if devastating, look at Judy Garland just months before her death," 25 Sep. 2019 But the decision amounted to the first time that the Chinese government has effectively banned a reporter from the Journal, a publication generally known for evenhanded coverage of China. Gerry Shih, BostonGlobe.com, "China expels Wall Street Journal reporter over coverage of Xi’s family," 30 Aug. 2019 While the documentary evolves in its scope, Miron’s feature debut always remains evenhanded. Kimber Myers, latimes.com, "Review: Surprises from an animal hoarder in documentary ‘For the Birds’," 13 June 2019 The Journal’s same-day page one coverage of the coming battle over a new standard is evenhanded but doesn’t mention the $500 billion in savings. WSJ, "An End to the President’s Tweets Won’t Stop the Progressive Press Narrative," 17 Aug. 2018 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

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First Known Use of evenhanded

1611, in the meaning defined above

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“Evenhanded.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/evenhandedness. Accessed 25 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of evenhanded

: not favoring one side or group over another

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dull or mediocre

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