unjust

adjective
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 unjust (audio) \ noun

Examples of unjust in a Sentence

The convict received an unjust sentence.
Recent Examples on the Web But acknowledging an unjust system does not pull us further apart. BostonGlobe.com, "Tim Scott is right. America has made progress. But it’s still racist," 29 Apr. 2021 Where the accused is placed above the law, there is an unjust system of justice. Lewis R. Gordon, The Conversation, "Derek Chauvin trial: 3 questions America needs to ask about seeking racial justice in a court of law," 12 Apr. 2021 The Court identified the circumstances of Smith’s execution as unjust under the state’s current policy, and ruled accordingly. Nick Tomaino, National Review, "Even on Death Row, Religious Liberty Must Be Protected," 7 Mar. 2021 Three men were sentenced to 24 years while three others were found not guilty in the trial, which the United Nations blasted as unjust. Gina Heeb, Forbes, "Saudi Crown Prince Approved Killing Of Washington Post Journalist Jamal Khashoggi, U.S. Intelligence Report Concludes," 26 Feb. 2021 Concentrations of power and secrecy have always struck Americans as unjust; since the country’s founding, politicians have been elected on promises to tame and change Washington. David Rohde, The New Yorker, "How America Escapes Its Conspiracy-Theory Crisis," 29 Oct. 2020 In light of the crackdown, Noor suggested Saturday’s arrests were unjust. NBC News, "How Jordan's royal drama could threaten Middle East stability, as U.S. offers support," 5 Apr. 2021 Georgia lawmakers have been fiercely divided over the issue with Democrats arguing that the decisions of MLB and major corporations are an unfortunate but justified response to an unjust law, while Republicans argue the decisions are unfounded. Matthew Brown, USA TODAY, "'Antithetical to the Gospel': Ex-Arkansas Gov. Huckabee slammed for racist tweet in attack on MLB, corporations," 4 Apr. 2021 At their very best, these groups have forged radical solidarity against white supremacy to fight unfair labor practices, unjust wars and the denial of political and civil rights. Washington Post, "A convergence of racial reckoning for Black and Asian Americans," 24 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of unjust

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Unjust.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unjust. Accessed 17 May. 2021.

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unjust

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of unjust

formal : not fair or deserved : not just

unjust

adjective
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.

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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