high-hand·​ed ˈhī-ˈhan-dəd How to pronounce high-handed (audio)
: having or showing no regard for the rights, concerns, or feelings of others : arbitrary, overbearing
high-handedly adverb
high-handedness noun

Examples of high-handed in a Sentence

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Word History

First Known Use

1606, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of high-handed was in 1606

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“High-handed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/high-handed. Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.

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: having or showing no regard for the rights, concerns, or feelings of others
high-handedly adverb
high-handedness noun

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