un·​fair ˌən-ˈfer How to pronounce unfair (audio)
: marked by injustice, partiality, or deception : unjust
: not equitable in business dealings
unfairness noun

Examples of unfair in a Sentence

It's unfair for them to be allowed to leave early if we can't. It seems unfair to single her out for criticism. The company has been accused of unfair labor practices.
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Word History

First Known Use

1700, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of unfair was in 1700

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“Unfair.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unfair. Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

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un·​fair ˌən-ˈfa(ə)r How to pronounce unfair (audio)
: not fair, honest, or just : unjust, dishonest
an unfair trial
: not fair in doing business
unfair to workers
unfairly adverb
unfairness noun

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