unfairly

adverb
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 The idea of a per-mile fee has frustrated some local Republicans, who’ve said that SANDAG’s vision would unfairly tax motorists to pay for expensive transit projects. Joshua Emerson Smith, San Diego Union-Tribune, 19 June 2021 Consumer advocates argue these fees unfairly punish society's most vulnerable, disproportionately hurting low-income consumers and communities of color. Matt Egan, CNN, 17 June 2021 South Bay firearms instructor Brian Wang, who teaches gun safety courses through his company Monarch Defense, said San Jose's legislation unfairly targets law-abiding citizens who need to buy pistols and rifles for protection. NBC News, 17 June 2021 As his exchange with Collins went viral, some critics jumped to defend the reporter, while others argued that her question unfairly reflected the president’s earlier statements. BostonGlobe.com, 17 June 2021 As his exchange with Collins went viral online, some critics jumped to defend the reporter, while others argued that her question may have unfairly reflected the president’s earlier statements. Washington Post, 17 June 2021 Biden's orders included a call for Interior officials to review if the leasing program unfairly benefits companies at the expense of taxpayers, as well as the program's impact on climate change. Kevin Mcgill, ajc, 16 June 2021 Biden’s orders included a call for Interior officials to review if the leasing program unfairly benefits companies at the expense of taxpayers, as well as the program’s impact on climate change. Kevin Mcgill, Anchorage Daily News, 16 June 2021 At the last hearing, council members also suggested exempting some menthol cigarettes amid concerns about unfairly affecting Black consumers, who are disproportionately likely to smoke products flavored with the minty compound. Emily Alpert Reyes Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 16 June 2021

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First Known Use of unfairly

1713, in the meaning defined above

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21 Jun 2021

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“Unfairly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unfairly. Accessed 23 Jun. 2021.

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