un·​fair·​ly | \ˌən-ˈfer-lē \

Definition of unfairly 

: in an unfair manner

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Majority groups that have been unfairly advantaged for too long see any even minute reduction in that unfair advantage as an all-out attack. David Yang And Nimit Maru, Recode, "We need more women in tech in order to get more women in tech," 21 June 2018 But Christina’s name is often and unfairly left off the list. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "Christina Aguilera Is the Low-Key Queen of Transformations," 15 June 2018 President Trump has complained that his former campaign chief is being treated unfairly, leading to speculation that a pardon is possible. Peter Grier, The Christian Science Monitor, "Paul Manafort goes to jail: Three questions," 15 June 2018 Cecilia Jarlskog, a physicist at Lund University and IUPAP president before McKellar, claims that, for years, the chemistry union has unfairly dominated the process of assessing discoveries. Edwin Cartlidge, Scientific American, "The Battle Behind the Periodic Table’s Latest Additions," 13 June 2018 In her complaint, Liu, a former Air Force captain who worked in military intelligence, says she was unfairly terminated from her position as director of marketing for arguing the company needed to disclose the incident. Tom Simonite, WIRED, "Startup Working on Contentious Pentagon AI Project Was Hacked," 12 June 2018 Sophomores Carmani Harris-Jackson and Trinity Smith told Buzzfeed News that they had been unfairly punished with two-day suspensions for drawing attention to a racist act. Paula Rogo, Essence.com, "Two Black Students Suspended For Calling Out Racist Snapchat Video By White Classmate," 15 Mar. 2018 Wouldn’t such a system unfairly benefit the stronger putter? Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "World Cup shootouts are great and here is how other sports can adopt the thrilling finale," 1 July 2018 Icahn, who owns a 9.4 percent stake in AmTrust, says the going-private deal unfairly benefits the controlling Karfunkel family at the expense of public stockholders. BostonGlobe.com, "Group wants to buy out celebrity chef Mario Batali," 22 May 2018

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First Known Use of unfairly

1713, in the meaning defined above

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