unfairly

adverb
un·​fair·​ly | \ ˌən-ˈfer-lē How to pronounce unfairly (audio) \

Definition of unfairly

: in an unfair manner

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The Trump administration says the government is unfairly subsidizing Chinese companies and discriminating against foreign rivals. Marley Jay, The Seattle Times, "Wall Street ends higher with help from tech and health care," 12 Dec. 2018 Many other foreign leaders have agreed that China unfairly subsidizes its businesses and has at times devalued its currency to boost exports, but most have favored a multi-national approach to apply pressure on Beijing. The Washington Post, OregonLive.com, "China hits back on U.S. tariffs, Dow falls nearly 500 points," 2 Apr. 2018 Many other foreign leaders have agreed that China unfairly subsidizes its businesses and has at times devalued its currency to boost exports, but most have favored a multi-national approach to apply pressure on Beijing. Damian Paletta, chicagotribune.com, "Trade war escalates as China says it will impose tariffs on 128 U.S. exports, including pork and fruit," 2 Apr. 2018 While Trump’s base has long been suspicious of Mueller, the president’s team believes independents and moderate Democrats who backed him in the last election but have since soured may return to the fold if convinced he was unfairly targeted. Zeke Miller, The Seattle Times, "Mueller report reprieve becomes Trump’s re-election weapon," 25 Mar. 2019 New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Maryland sued the federal government in July over the cap, asserting that the tax law unfairly targeted high-tax states governed by Democrats. Ken Thomas, WSJ, "Democratic Governors Push for State-Tax Reversal," 22 Feb. 2019 Which is why the embattled parties—whether guilty or unfairly accused—turn to an army of fixers, who help them avoid becoming the day’s headline. Ben Widdicombe, Town & Country, "How Much Does It Cost to Keep Your Name Out of the News?," 18 Jan. 2019 The document, filed July 9, claimed the United States was unfairly singling out Chinese products and breaking WTO rules with exceedingly high levies. Danielle Paquette, Washington Post, "China tells the U.S. to stop hurting itself in the trade war," 11 July 2018 Now, Lufthansa seeks compensation from the man on the order of $2,385, claiming the airline's been unfairly gamed. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Lufthansa Is Suing a Man For Missing a Connecting Flight," 12 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of unfairly

1713, in the meaning defined above

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