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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The entire system is corrupt, biased, and unjust, leaving poor Black and Brown students the least protected. Jenn M. Jackson, Teen Vogue, "Access to Education for Black Children Proves Difficult for Their Parents, Creating a Disadvantage," 13 Mar. 2019 Access to quality education in the United States remains unequal and unjust, especially for those who need it most. Jenn M. Jackson, Teen Vogue, "Access to Education for Black Children Proves Difficult for Their Parents, Creating a Disadvantage," 13 Mar. 2019 For weeks, Blagojevich and his team have orchestrated a publicity campaign labeling his prosecution and subsequent conviction on sweeping corruption charges unjust and politically motivated. Gregory Pratt, chicagotribune.com, "In Chicago, Pelosi calls Trump's suggestion of clemency for Blago the 'shiny object of the moment'," 2 June 2018 Protesters saw the image as graphic evidence that the U.S. was fighting on the side of an unjust South Vietnamese government. CBS News, "Execution photo framed Americans' view of the Vietnam War," 29 Jan. 2018 To us, as to the public, the responses often seemed unjust, helping some of the very people and firms who had caused the damage. James Freeman, WSJ, "How Many Bank Bailouts Can America Withstand?," 18 Sep. 2018 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

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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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