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 The question, however, is whether businesses and consumers would be benefiting even more in a market less dominated by Google—and whether some of those cost savings have come at the unfair expense of the publishers running the ads. Gilad Edelman, Wired, "Here’s What an Antitrust Case Against Google Might Look Like," 18 May 2020 His decision instead to partner with Israel’s longest-serving prime minister puts him in an unfair fight, said Mordechai Kreminitzer, senior research fellow at the Israel Democracy Institute. Washington Post, "Israel’s new government may have Netanyahu at the top but still mark a change," 14 May 2020 Former Scottsdale City Prosecutor Shawn Fuller filed a lawsuit against the city on Monday, after contending earlier this year that he was fired for digging into the unfair handling of DUI cases. Lorraine Longhi, azcentral, "Fired Scottsdale prosecutor sues city. He says he blew whistle on unfair DUI convictions," 13 May 2020 Schoenfeld has accused his critics of mounting an unfair smear as Tuesday’s primary approaches. oregonlive, "Race for Clackamas County sheriff heats up over candidate’s record, accusations of smear," 13 May 2020 This is fundamentally unfair in the interview concealment tug of war. Elizabeth C. Tippett, The Conversation, "Pants or no pants? Tips for virtual job interviews from home," 1 May 2020 So might the realisation that an unfair burden has fallen on ordinary people. The Economist, "The 90% economy Life after lockdowns," 30 Apr. 2020 More importantly, the idea that Americans are panicky fraidy-cats strikes me as grossly unfair. Jonah Goldberg, National Review, "Cowardice Isn’t Driving the American Response to COVID-19," 17 Apr. 2020 Not only are the Census data used to redraw congressional and local voting districts, in order that the districts are representative and not discriminatory, but these data are also used to challenge unfair redistricting by watchdogs. Rich Benjamin, The New York Review of Books, "Who Counts in a Census Taken During a Pandemic?," 14 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of unfair

1700, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Unfair.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unfair. Accessed 31 May. 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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