un·​fair | \ ˌən-ˈfer How to pronounce unfair (audio) \

Definition of unfair

1 : marked by injustice, partiality, or deception : unjust
2 : not equitable in business dealings

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Other Words from unfair

unfairness noun

Examples of unfair in a Sentence

It's unfair for them to be allowed to leave early if we can't. It seems unfair to single her out for criticism. The company has been accused of unfair labor practices.
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Recent Examples on the Web Three churches sued, arguing that the restrictions were unfair to churches because Newsom had not placed restrictions on the large protests for racial justice that happened earlier this summer. Nicholas Rowan, Washington Examiner, "California churches rally against Newsom coronavirus restrictions," 3 Aug. 2020 But for years, publishers have said platforms like Google and Facebook take unfair advantage of the news media, giving them little in return. Michelle Toh, CNN, "Australia wants to force Facebook and Google to pay media companies for news," 31 July 2020 European regulators have concluded that Google manipulated its search engine to gain an unfair advantage over other online shopping sites in the e-commerce market, and fined Google, whose parent is Alphabet Inc., a record $2.7 billion. Marcy Gordon, The Christian Science Monitor, "Congress asks: Do Amazon, Facebook, Google, Apple play fair?," 29 July 2020 Although critics of the tech giants argue their mass data collection puts outside companies at an unfair disadvantage, there are many benefits for users and customers, said Tim Crawford, CIO strategic adviser at strategic advisory firm AVOA LLC. David Uberti, WSJ, "Tech Antitrust Hearing Puts Big Data on Hot Seat," 29 July 2020 Normally employers are restricted from asking about a range of health issues to guard against unfair hiring and firing. Chase Difeliciantonio, SFChronicle.com, "Workers, job seekers in San Francisco would gain protections under emergency ordinance," 13 July 2020 The Trump administration reportedly saw the tax as an unfair assault on American companies like Facebook, Google and Amazon. Nick Givas, Fox News, "Trump administration announces 25 percent tariff on $1.3B in French handbags, cosmetics, other goods," 12 July 2020 Our response has been consistently that such concessions are unwarranted, would be fundamentally unfair to players, and our sport deserves the fullest 2020 season possible. Bob Nightengale, USA TODAY, "Players' union done negotiating, tells MLB to simply tell the players when to show up for work," 14 June 2020 Tim Sorge, the long-time owner of Swings-N-Things, said it’s unfair that small parks like his are lumped in with Cedar Point, Kings Island and other major tourist attractions. Susan Glaser, cleveland, "Swings-N-Things, other small family entertainment parks ask Gov. Mike DeWine: What about us? When can we reopen?," 4 June 2020

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First Known Use of unfair

1700, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of unfair was in 1700

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“Unfair.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unfair. Accessed 10 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of unfair

: treating people in a way that favors some over others : not fair, honest, or just


un·​fair | \ ˌən-ˈfer How to pronounce unfair (audio) \

Kids Definition of unfair

: not fair, honest, or just an unfair trial

Other Words from unfair

unfairly adverb We were treated unfairly.

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