un·​just | \ ˌən-ˈjəst How to pronounce unjust (audio) \

Definition of unjust

1 : characterized by injustice : unfair
2 archaic : dishonest, faithless

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Other Words from unjust

unjustly adverb
unjustness \ ˌən-​ˈjəs(t)-​nəs How to pronounce unjustness (audio) \ noun

Examples of unjust in a Sentence

The convict received an unjust sentence.
Recent Examples on the Web The suit contends Planet Fitness should be found liable for breach of contract, violations of Georgia’s consumer protection laws and unjust enrichment. Bill Rankin, ajc, "Lawsuit targets Planet Fitness for fees during coronavirus pandemic," 2 May 2020 The suit seeks damages for invasion of privacy, unjust enrichment, unfair and deceptive practices and violation of the US-EU Privacy Shield provisions. Bruce Vielmetti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Lawsuit: Zoom security failings exposed confidential medical information," 17 Apr. 2020 Ghosn used the appearance to portray himself as a refugee from an unreasonable and unjust legal system. Emi Nobuhiro, Bloomberg.com, "Lebanon Pressed Ghosn Not To Accuse Specific Japanese Officials," 29 Apr. 2020 CF Entertainment on Friday sued The Nielsen Company for breach of contract and unfair competition and unjust enrichment. Ashley Cullins, The Hollywood Reporter, "Weather Channel Owner Sues Nielsen Over $475K Monthly Ratings Fee," 17 Apr. 2020 And yet sometimes we Christians rush too quickly past Good Friday, especially when the gospel writers devoted enormous space in the sacred texts to the ugly scene of Jesus dying an unjust and shameful death on a Roman cross. Daniel Darling, National Review, "How Good Friday Helps Us Cope with the Pandemic," 10 Apr. 2020 Not only is that a galling and unjust situation, but, like all trickle-down strategies, its economic value is decidedly limited. Jeff Spross, TheWeek, "The Fed's $1.5 trillion intervention, explained," 12 Mar. 2020 That observation leads to this report’s second big claim: when a sophisticated citizenry aspires to democracy, frustrating that aspiration can be imprudent as well as unjust. The Economist, "Asian tigersAfter half a century of success, the Asian tigers must reinvent themselves," 5 Dec. 2019 Those who accuse China of being non-transparent are unjust and insulting to the great sacrifices made by the Chinese people. James Griffiths, CNN, "AP report claims China knew of pandemic danger in Wuhan even as officials downplayed risk of virus," 16 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of unjust

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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19 May 2020

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“Unjust.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unjust. Accessed 28 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of unjust

formal : not fair or deserved : not just


un·​just | \ ˌən-ˈjəst How to pronounce unjust (audio) \

Kids Definition of unjust

: not just : unfair an unjust decision

Other Words from unjust

unjustly adverb She was unjustly accused.



Legal Definition of unjust

: characterized by injustice : deficient in justice and fairness an unjust sentence

Other Words from unjust

unjustly adverb
unjustness noun

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