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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The filing seeks to freeze the statute of limitations on unjust enrichment, which in Brazil is three years, said a Nissan spokesman. Patricia Kowsmann, WSJ, "Nissan, Mitsubishi Say Ghosn Received $8.9 Million in Improper Payments," 18 Jan. 2019 At a hearing on Wednesday, Cavanaugh dismissed counts that included unjust enrichment and interference with inheritance. Jean Marbella, baltimoresun.com, "Judge dismisses charges made by Pakerakis' second wife in lawsuit against the bakery magnate's children," 28 June 2018 The lawsuit alleges breach of contract, negligence, breach of privacy, negligent infliction of emotional distress and unjust enrichment. Jared Gilmour, miamiherald, "A rape victim entered witness protection. Wells Fargo may have blown her cover, suit says | Miami Herald," 9 May 2018 The suit seeks damages under federal antitrust laws, Florida’s Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act and a common law claim for unjust enrichment. Ron Hurtibise, Sun-Sentinel.com, "McDonald's warns of 'utter chaos' if refunds ordered for cheese-less Quarter Pounders," 2 July 2018 Sands declined and sued in 2008 for unjust enrichment, breach of contract and other claims. Bruce Vielmetti, USA TODAY, "Wisconsin high court rules for billionaire founder of Menards store chain over ex-fiancée," 29 Dec. 2017 The rules allowed Internet users to file complaints with the FCC about any unjust or unreasonable rates and practices, which could stop anti-consumer behavior that wasn't specifically prohibited. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "Fire dept. rejects Verizon’s “customer support mistake” excuse for throttling," 22 Aug. 2018 This is wrong, this is unjust and this happens to alot of women when there are NO cameras around. Fiza Pirani, ajc, "Police wrestle black woman, expose her breasts at Alabama Waffle House, video shows," 25 Apr. 2018 There are many other Swedes who agree with Elin that this is dangerous, unjust, and politically motivated. Kate Leaver, Teen Vogue, "Swedish Student Elin Ersson Stopped a Deportation With a Facebook Live Protest on a Plane," 25 July 2018

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First Known Use of unjust

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of unjust

formal : not fair or deserved : not just


un·​just | \ ˌən-ˈjəst \

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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