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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Similarly, many Americans believe a sanitized version of the history of the Civil Rights movement, failing to realize how much activists had to disrupt normal politics and dislodge accepted norms in order to end unjust practices. Julia Azari, Vox, "Collins’ speech shows that the guardrails were the problem all along," 6 Oct. 2018 Still, First and Last drew me in—and forced me to think critically about an American justice system that can feel woefully unjust. Taylor Antrim, Vogue, "Which Documentary Should You Stream Next? You’ve Got Options," 12 Sep. 2018 Our role as allies is to celebrate their work and draw visibility to their unjust detentions. Rauza Khan, Teen Vogue, "Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince and Princess Have Been Praised For Being “Progressive” While Our Friend Spent Her Birthday in Jail," 10 Sep. 2018 Kennedy took it upon himself to be the Great Liberator, removing the shackles from a prudish and — in his view — unjust society. Christine M. Flowers, Philly.com, "Justice Anthony Kennedy was 'Catholic conservatives' worst nightmare' on the Supreme Court | Christine Flowers," 28 June 2018 An unjust law is a code that a majority inflicts on a minority that is not binding on itself. Michael Hiltzik, latimes.com, "Martin Luther King Jr. had a few words to say about calls for 'civility'," 26 June 2018 Frank, who served time at 19, remembers how her experience as a white woman behind bars awakened her to the fact that a nation built on the ideals of fairness and justice had developed an unfair and unjust legal apparatus. Mattie Kahn, Glamour, "Inside a Radical Experiment to Transform the Lives of Incarcerated Women," 22 Aug. 2018 As designers learn about unjust and mistaken outcomes, one strategy for overcoming these blinders is to have a workforce with more diverse experiences and worldviews writing the code. Annette M. Kim, The Atlantic, "Satellite Images Can Harm the Poorest Citizens," 5 June 2018 Aided by a shadowy underground network, Cassie becomes an unlikely heroine as her search for the truth makes her a threat to the entire unjust system. Andy Lewis, The Hollywood Reporter, "Jennifer Beals-Inspired YA Novel Set for 2019," 22 May 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

: 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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