unjust

adjective
un·just | \ˌən-ˈjəst \

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 \ noun

Examples of unjust in a Sentence

The convict received an unjust sentence.

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Blagojevich’s formal clemency plea was filed on the heels of a calculated media blitz orchestrated by his legal team in recent weeks attacking his conviction as unjust and politically motivated. Jason Meisner, chicagotribune.com, "Ex-Gov. Blagojevich's lawyers file for clemency days after Trump raises hopes," 5 June 2018 One can resent the game’s vulnerability to interpretation, its frequently unjust outcomes, or one can embrace it. Alejandro Chacoff, The Atlantic, "Soccer Has No Interest in Fairness," 12 July 2018 That is the context in which violence by caregivers against black children must be seen — as part of a cycle of violence that extends from a tragic history and unjust institutions down into black communities and black families. David Roberts, Vox, "Please don’t spank your kids," 3 July 2018 Slow thinking requires effort to examine false premises and discard unjust beliefs. Steven P. Dinkin, sandiegouniontribune.com, "The single mom and the unconscious bias," 1 July 2018 Madison and Bucklew’s cases will reveal how much mercy the justices will show to those facing unjust executions until then. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "What the New Supreme Court Will Decide," 29 June 2018 Some minister or bureaucrat — maybe sinister, maybe just hapless — is inside a government building surrounded by a large, angry, yelling mob furious over a lack of bread or an unjust tax or just a basic lack of representation. Will Bunch, Philly.com, "(Bleep) civility! 'Trump-shaming' is what happens when elites won't listen to the people | Will Bunch," 26 June 2018 The Worst Form of Affirmative Action I’ve long believed that affirmative action is unjust, immoral, and racist. Andrew Sullivan, Daily Intelligencer, "Did Trump Just Help Stop Brexit?," 13 July 2018 His death was ironic and unjust, having happened at altogether the wrong time. Alice Bolin, Longreads, "The Daughter as Detective," 26 June 2018

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First Known Use of unjust

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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unjust

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of unjust

: not fair or deserved : not just

unjust

adjective
un·just | \ˌən-ˈjəst \

Kids Definition of unjust

: not just : unfair an unjust decision

Other Words from unjust

unjustly adverb She was unjustly accused.

unjust

adjective
un·just

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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