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[ee-vuh n-han-did] /ˈi vənˈhæn dɪd/
impartial; equitable:
evenhanded justice.
Origin of evenhanded
1595-1605; even1 + handed
Related forms
evenhandedly, adverb
evenhandedness, noun Unabridged
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  • Its friends claimed for this tax that it was no respecter of persons, but was simple, even-handed, and efficient.

    The Long White Cloud William Pember Reeves
  • Yet I like the even-handed justice which is applied to both our arguments.

    Philebus Plato
  • When he spoke it was evident that the lust for vengeance and a guilty conscience were fighting an even-handed battle.

  • They saw that what was needed was, not special favor, but even-handed justice.

  • The facts would appear to be given in an even-handed way, in all the reports rendered.

British Dictionary definitions for even-handed


dealing fairly with all; impartial
Derived Forms
even-handedly, adverb
even-handedness, noun
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Word Origin and History for even-handed


c.1600, from even (adj.) + hand (n.).

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