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 Taxi drivers have complained that competition from Uber and other platforms is chipping away at their income, and is unfair because Uber drivers do not pay licensing fees to work in Colombia’s cities. Washington Post, "Lawsuit forces Uber to stop operating in Colombia," 11 Jan. 2020 Pelosi wrote in a letter to colleagues Tuesday before arguing that the process proposed by McConnell is unfair. NBC News, "Some Democratic senators say it's time for Pelosi to submit Trump impeachment articles," 8 Jan. 2020 To lay this problem at the feet of the news industry is unfair. Greg Jackson, Harper's magazine, "Vicious Cycles," 6 Jan. 2020 To leave the chicken house tax rates and the 1995 valuation would be unfair to other taxpayers, Nicholson said. Hunter Field, Arkansas Online, "Arkansas poultry houses' new appraisals stick in craws," 28 Dec. 2019 And in 2020 reliance on the ECB may bring a new danger, as Mr Trump, in search of scapegoats for America’s economic slowdown, points to the ECB’s negative rates as an unfair trade advantage. The Economist, "Buckle up for America’s ugly election and faltering economy," 25 Dec. 2019 Consumers who suspect an unfair or deceptive business practice are encouraged to call the Ohio Attorney General's Office at 800-282-0515. Madeline Mitchell, Cincinnati.com, "Prosecutors: West Chester window company owner stole $45,000 from customers," 19 Dec. 2019 The absence of the hearing fuels Republican complaints the process is unfair and partisan. Bart Jansen, USA TODAY, "What's next for impeachment? Full House vote next week on charges against Trump, Senate trial likely," 14 Dec. 2019 His clients included an opioid manufacturer accused of unfair and deceptive trade practices. Pamela Wood, baltimoresun.com, "Maryland Gov. Hogan nominates former federal prosecutor to state’s highest court," 9 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of unfair

1700, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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19 Jan 2020

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“Unfair.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unfair. Accessed 20 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of unfair

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


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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not to be intimidated or subdued

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