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 In March, as the coronavirus spread in Egypt and raised the specter of unchecked contagion in the country's crowded prisons, Amashah and fellow inmates began a hunger strike to protest their unjust imprisonment, the Freedom Initiative said. CBS News, "American student detained for 486 days in Egyptian prison returns home," 6 July 2020 The unjust and untimely deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery swiftly shifted this entire nation into action. Shani Hillian, Bon Appétit, "Black-Owned Businesses Are Finally Getting Widespread Support—Here’s How to Keep the Torch Ablaze.," 6 July 2020 Veterans are required to fill out the state’s Restoration of Honor Act application and provide their official military personnel file, along with a personal statement explaining why their character of service was unjust. Fox News, "NY Gov. Cuomo announces LGBTQ veterans denied honorable discharge can apply to have state vet benefits restored," 30 June 2020 Nonimmigrant Muslims are more likely to have lived out the history of the United States, including the unjust legacy of slavery. Amir Hussain, The Conversation, "Muslim Americans assert solidarity with Black Lives Matter, finding unity within a diverse faith group," 30 June 2020 The day after prosecutors made their request, Trump attacked the request on Twitter as unjust. Katie Benner, BostonGlobe.com, "Justice Dept. Officials Testify on Politicization Under Barr," 24 June 2020 The situation is unjust to sailors both on board and onshore. The Economist, "Sailors are stranded at sea Cargo ship crews are stuck at sea," 20 June 2020 The unjust killing of George Floyd has sparked important conversations around race relations and police brutality across the world in recent weeks. Cheikh Mboup For Cnn Business Perspectives, CNN, "To fight racism in the workplace, we need to stop treating certain topics as 'taboo'," 19 June 2020 This week The Gaggle: An Arizona politics podcast, is examining two solutions proposed to address police brutality, profiling and other practices being scrutinized as unjust. Taylor Seely, azcentral, "Phoenix funded police oversight. What will that mean? Will it ever 'defund the police'?," 17 June 2020

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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 12 Jul. 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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