unfair

adjective
un·​fair | \ˌən-ˈfer \

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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Yet, a white woman with mediocre grades wasn’t the ideal plaintiff to claim unfair admissions practices. Yuvraj Joshi, Teen Vogue, "Why the Affirmative Action Case Against Harvard Isn’t Actually About Fair Treatment for Minority Students," 16 Oct. 2018 The fact his appeal was not heard for want of a court transcript which Jameson could not afford struck him as unfair. Greg Moran, sandiegouniontribune.com, "State high court strikes down rule requiring poor to pay for own court reporter in civil courts," 6 July 2018 And because of that the tone of your article struck me as unfair. Michael Harriot, The Root, "The Root’s Clapback Mailbag: The Longest Clapback Ever," 22 June 2018 President Donald Trump, though, has railed against the deficits that the United States has with other countries as unfair. Stan Choe, USA TODAY, "US stocks and bond yields dip amid trade worries with China," 15 June 2018 Republicans could use this fact as new ammunition to portray the F.B.I.’s investigation of the Trump campaign’s links to Russia as unfair. New York Times, "The Report on the F.B.I.’s Clinton Investigation Is 500 Pages. Our Experts Broke It Down.," 14 June 2018 Considering how many poor Americans are forced to live near environmental hazards, focusing on the pollution in former industrial areas that have become hip havens for development and new, wealthy residents, may seem unfair. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Booming postindustrial neighborhoods often overlook polluted past," 9 Oct. 2018 The per-country costs are largely unfair: the countries that contribute the least to global carbon emissions stand to pay some of the higher costs. Cathleen O'grady, Ars Technica, "The US would suffer some of the biggest costs of climate change," 30 Sep. 2018 The series also found that the assessor’s estimates were deeply unfair, punishing small businesses and giving breaks to the owners of more expensive properties. Hal Dardick, chicagotribune.com, "Berrios' analysts used Zillow, other shortcuts in assessing property values, documents show," 13 July 2018

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First Known Use of unfair

1700, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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unfair

adjective

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 \

Kids Definition of unfair

: not fair, honest, or just an unfair trial

Other Words from unfair

unfairly adverb We were treated unfairly.
unfairness noun

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