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 Supporting military families means making sure no parent has to lose a child in an unjust, unnecessary war in the Middle East. Gromer Jeffers Jr., Dallas News, "The Texas Democratic Senate race against John Cornyn is starting to show spark," 13 Jan. 2020 Every state should refuse to collaborate with ICE and its unjust and immoral detentions. BostonGlobe.com, "Suffolk sheriff’s department ended its controversial relationship with ICE," 25 Oct. 2019 How many of our family members and friends are dead, maimed, or mentally damaged because of that unjust war? Michael Arceneaux, Essence, "Stop Trying To Sanitize The Image Of A War Criminal," 10 Oct. 2019 Over those 30 years, my opponent voted for an unjust war in Iraq, deregulating Wall Street, school privatization and building more prisons. NBC News, "Group that backed AOC's election looks for upset against Dem in neighboring district," 18 June 2019 But also opposition to capital punishment, opposition to unjust war . . Matthew Hennessey, WSJ, "The Bishop of Catholic Social Media," 29 Nov. 2018 Anyone who indulges unjust thoughts in Um-Helat, this society of happy equality and easy-access tamarind, is eliminated. Jason Kehe, Wired, "The 20 Best Books of a Decade That Unmade Genre Fiction," 29 Dec. 2019 Nor is there reason to think that some other ambitious prosecutor won’t use this unjust law again to advance their political career. Dahleen Glanton, chicagotribune.com, "Column: A year in prison isn’t the second chance Diamond Davis was looking for, but she still has a chance to turn her life around.," 7 Nov. 2019 An unjust law is a code that is out of harmony with the moral law. kansascity, "Remembering Dr. King through his words that stirred the heart — and action," 15 Jan. 2018

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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 28 Feb. 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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