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

Definition of unfairly

: in an unfair manner

Examples of unfairly in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Meanwhile, the burden falls unfairly on places like Harper’s, which, quite frankly, shouldn’t have to go through this many hoops just to serve customers who can ignore the guidelines anyhow. Mitch Albom, Detroit Free Press, "Mitch Albom: Young people, bars and the coronavirus. What did we expect?," 28 June 2020 Trump has loudly and repeatedly complained that Stone, a longtime associate who briefly worked on his presidential campaign, was unfairly targeted by prosecutors. Tim Elfrink, Washington Post, "Citing pandemic, prosecutors back a 60-day delay for Roger Stone to report to prison," 26 June 2020 Goldman pointed out that the law firm that filed the lawsuit, Browne George Ross, has made this kind of lawsuit one of its specialties, representing plaintiffs from a range of perspectives, all of whom believe YouTube has treated them unfairly. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Lawsuit by Black YouTubers against YouTube faces “uphill battle”," 25 June 2020 Furthermore, the Minnesota department of human rights continues to investigate whether there is a pattern of police officers in Minneapolis unfairly discriminating against people of color. Josh Campbell, CNN, "Four weeks after George Floyd's death, an embattled police union finally speaks out," 23 June 2020 Oddis Rollins about what needs to be changed in the police force so other black men like him aren’t targeted unfairly. oregonlive, "Two sons of former NBA player Brian Grant, a West Linn resident, ask Portland’s Michael Fesser to speak at anti-racism rally," 19 June 2020 But nail salon owners across the state said they were unfairly targeted as a special threat, noting that other industries that involve close interaction between staff and customers were allowed to reopen sooner. Erin Allday, SFChronicle.com, "When will nail salons, tattoo parlors reopen in California? State updates guidelines," 12 June 2020 Attorneys for Calvary Chapel Dayton Valley in Dayton, near Reno, and Calvary Chapel Lone Mountain in Las Vegas argued that they are being treated unfairly compared to casinos and other businesses. USA TODAY, "Cincinnati Zoo, Lollapalooza, Glacier National Park: News from around our 50 states," 11 June 2020 In the Monmouth poll and in another released this week by CBS News, exactly 57 percent of Americans said police officers were generally more likely to treat black people unfairly than to mistreat white people. Giovanni Russonello, BostonGlobe.com, "Why most Americans support the protests," 5 June 2020

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First Known Use of unfairly

1713, in the meaning defined above

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“Unfairly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unfairly. Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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