unfair

adjective
un·​fair | \ ˌən-ˈfer How to pronounce unfair (audio) \

Definition of unfair

1 : marked by injustice, partiality, or deception : unjust
2 : not equitable in business dealings

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Other Words from unfair

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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Recent Examples on the Web Elliott’s office is alleging that the owners, manager and lessee are maintaining a public nuisance and engaging in unfair competition, including false advertising. Lori Weisberg, San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego city attorney moves to shut down La Jolla Airbnb party mansion," 23 Oct. 2020 The company, based in Mountain View, California, has long denied the claims of unfair competition. Michael Balsamo And Marcy Gordon, USA TODAY, "Justice Dept. files landmark antitrust case against Google," 20 Oct. 2020 The company, based in Mountain View, California, has long denied the claims of unfair competition. Michael Balsamo And Marcy Gordon, The Christian Science Monitor, "US Justice Department sues Google in landmark antitrust case," 20 Oct. 2020 The company, based in Mountain View, California, has long denied the claims of unfair competition. Dallas News, "Justice Department takes on Google in landmark case over online search, advertising dominance," 20 Oct. 2020 The company, based in Mountain View, California, has long denied the claims of unfair competition. The Associated Press, NOLA.com, "Justice Dept. files landmark antitrust case against Google," 20 Oct. 2020 The company, based in Mountain View, California, has long denied the claims of unfair competition. Marcy Gordon, chicagotribune.com, "Feds file landmark antitrust case against Google," 20 Oct. 2020 The company, based in Mountain View, California, has long denied the claims of unfair competition. The Salt Lake Tribune, "Justice Department files landmark antitrust case against Google," 20 Oct. 2020 The company, based in Mountain View, California, has long denied the claims of unfair competition. Michael Balsamo And Marcy Gordon, Anchorage Daily News, "Justice Dept. to file landmark antitrust case against Google," 20 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of unfair

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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29 Oct 2020

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“Unfair.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unfair. Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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More Definitions for unfair

unfair

adjective
How to pronounce unfair (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of unfair

: treating people in a way that favors some over others : not fair, honest, or just

unfair

adjective
un·​fair | \ ˌən-ˈfer How to pronounce unfair (audio) \

Kids Definition of unfair

: not fair, honest, or just an unfair trial

Other Words from unfair

unfairly adverb We were treated unfairly.

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