un·​fair ˌən-ˈfer How to pronounce unfair (audio)
: marked by injustice, partiality, or deception : unjust
: not equitable in business dealings
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.
Recent Examples on the Web The Alphabet Workers Union-CWA union representing the workers filed several unfair labor practice complaints against the subcontractor Cognizant and Google as joint employers. Emilia David, The Verge, 30 May 2024 But 69% of those surveyed said legacy admissions — preferential treatment for children of alumni — was unfair, while 48% oppose consideration of an applicant’s ability to pay. Teresa Watanabe, Los Angeles Times, 29 May 2024 The union argues in its latest unfair labor practice violation that the UC unilaterally implemented a disciplinary policy that affects UAW 4811 workers. Calmatters, The Mercury News, 28 May 2024 The union said the workers are receiving unfair pay for their labor. Chase Jordan, Charlotte Observer, 23 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for unfair 

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Word History

First Known Use

1700, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
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 16 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


un·​fair ˌən-ˈfa(ə)r How to pronounce unfair (audio)
: not fair, honest, or just : unjust, dishonest
an unfair trial
: not fair in doing business
unfair to workers
unfairly adverb
unfairness noun

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