unfair

adjective
un·​fair | \ ˌən-ˈfer \

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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All this seemed intended to bolster what Flynn’s relatives and friends have been publicly claiming for over a year — that he was tricked, or set up, or that his prosecution was somehow unfair. Andrew Prokop, Vox, "Judge rakes Michael Flynn over the coals in sentencing hearing," 18 Dec. 2018 Banish unfair treatment at work, banish your imposter syndrome. Sophie Saint Thomas, Allure, "How to Harness the Magical Power of Each Moon Phase," 3 July 2018 Perhaps that seems unfair considering the Huskies just played in their first Rose Bowl since 2001. Matt Calkins, The Seattle Times, "Washington’s Rose Bowl loss continues frustrating narrative: Huskies still looking for signature win under Chris Petersen," 1 Jan. 2019 The Supreme Court is resolving partisan redistricting cases from Wisconsin and Maryland without ruling on the broader issue of whether electoral maps can give an unfair advantage to a political party. baltimoresun.com, "Supreme Court side-steps definitive ruling in Maryland congressional redistricting case," 18 June 2018 Attorneys: Family Court is more equal now Leavell says many people believe mothers have an unfair advantage when debating custody over a child during divorce proceedings. Perry Vandell, azcentral, "Messy Family Court battles can crush souls, stir rage, sometimes ignite violence," 17 June 2018 This is especially the case in families like ours, where a big age gap gives the older child an unfair advantage. Elissa Strauss, CNN, "Why the old way of parenting no longer works," 13 June 2018 The truth comes down to another (unfair and unnecessary) comparison between Meghan and Kate and between their management styles, which are, by all accounts, very different. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle Are Very Different in This Key Way, According to Royal Staffers," 13 Jan. 2019 Hart’s homophobia, like that of men from other races, is a byproduct of toxic masculinity and unfair expectations of gender performance. Ernest Owens, Vox, "What it’s like to be black and gay watching the Kevin Hart controversy unfold.," 7 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of unfair

1700, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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unfair

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of unfair

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

unfair

adjective
un·​fair | \ ˌən-ˈfer \

Kids Definition of unfair

: not fair, honest, or just an unfair trial

Other Words from unfair

unfairly adverb We were treated unfairly.
unfairness noun

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