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.

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Second, the Weimar government spread the idea that Versailles was fundamentally unjust. The Economist, "Versailles revisited," 6 July 2019 The Court ruled that the federal government could not impede partisan gerrymandering on the state level, even while conceding that gerrymandering might produce unjust outcomes. Jelani Cobb, The New Yorker, "The Supreme Court Just Legitimized a Cornerstone Element of Voter Suppression," 3 July 2019 Pai's broadband deregulation also eliminated a general prohibition against unjust or unreasonable prices and practices. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "Frontier customer bought his own router—but has to pay $10 rental fee anyway," 2 July 2019 In addition, it must be admitted that much white wealth was unjustly derived from the unjust treatment of African Americans. Michael Tanner, National Review, "The Wrenching Reparations Question," 26 June 2019 Starting Tuesday, jurors will hear from the defense, which will present testimony designed to show mitigating factors, or evidence that the death penalty would be, in this case, excessive and unjust. Rafael Olmeda, sun-sentinel.com, "Jury to weigh death for killer of Oakland Park Taco Bell manager," 24 June 2019 The gist of these stories is that such outcomes are not only ludicrous but unjust. The Conversation, oregonlive.com, "Who’s is your daddy? It’s not all about DNA," 16 June 2019 Feudal times have passed, but the monarchy still reaps the rewards of the deeply unjust and discriminatory system it was built on. refinery29.com, "I Don't Give A Single Sh*t About The Royal Wedding, With Good Reason," 18 May 2018 Braeger Finance filed a lawsuit against Kankash and his wife last year in Maricopa County Superior Court accusing them of fraud, misrepresentation, unjust enrichment and breach of contract. Robert Anglen, AZCentral.com, "Used-car nightmare: Arizona dealer didn't pay off trades or transfer title to buyers," 17 June 2019

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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 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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