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

Definition of unfairly

: in an unfair manner

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In 2013, the Supreme Court eviscerated the Voting Rights Act, holding, in part, that the law unfairly assumed racial bias on the part of white Southerners. Jelani Cobb, The New Yorker, "The Supreme Court Just Legitimized a Cornerstone Element of Voter Suppression," 3 July 2019 Courtney Irby originally had faced the more serious charges after her arrest last month in a case that critics said unfairly pitted the safety of domestic violence victims against gun rights. Mike Schneider, BostonGlobe.com, "Florida woman who took husband’s guns faces misdemeanor," 3 July 2019 That’s because the WTO also ruled, in March, that the US failed to stop some tax breaks to Boeing that unfairly hurt Airbus. Jen Kirby, Vox, "Cheese and whiskey are targeted in US’s latest proposed tariffs on EU," 2 July 2019 She’s been pressed to retire for years, and unfairly so. Brian T. Allen, National Review, "Museum Happenings: Protesters Stage a Die-In in NYC, and Students Accuse Staff of Racism in Boston," 25 June 2019 Now, for some reason, the designer seems to have unfairly taken taking aim at Selena Gomez. Melissa Minton, Teen Vogue, "Selena Gomez’s Fans Respond to Stefano Gabbana Cyber-Bullying Comment on Instagram," 13 June 2018 Leave aside that most of the team’s problems in those years could be attributed to a total atrophy of the pitching staff and some woeful drafting; as the face of the franchise, Mauer unfairly took most of the heat. Jon Tayler, SI.com, "Let's Appreciate Joe Mauer After His 2,000th Hit," 13 Apr. 2018 First, tariffs ensure that a carbon tax would not unfairly penalize domestic U.S. industries. John Sweeney, National Review, "Could a Revenue-Neutral Carbon Tax Be the First Step to Fight Climate Change?," 19 June 2019 As Genius sees it, this is an example not just of lyric lifting but of Google using its scale to unfairly home in on a smaller competitor’s territory, which experts say could constitute a potential antitrust matter. Emily Dreyfuss, WIRED, "What the Google-Genius Copyright Dispute Is Really About," 18 June 2019

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First Known Use of unfairly

1713, in the meaning defined above

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