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unfair

[uhn-fair] /ʌnˈfɛər/
adjective
1.
not fair; not conforming to approved standards, as of justice, honesty, or ethics:
an unfair law; an unfair wage policy.
2.
disproportionate; undue; beyond what is proper or fitting:
an unfair share.
Origin
900
before 900; 1705-15 for def 1; Middle English: uncomely, ugly; Old English unfæger; cognate with Old Norse ūfagr. See un-1, fair1
Related forms
unfairly, adverb
unfairness, noun
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Examples for unfairly
  • The reins of authority had been unfairly thrust into her hands.
  • Some charged that the supreme court interceded unfairly in a political issue.
British Dictionary definitions for unfairly

unfair

/ʌnˈfɛə/
adjective
1.
characterized by inequality or injustice
2.
dishonest or unethical
Derived Forms
unfairly, adverb
unfairness, noun
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Word Origin and History for unfairly
unfair
O.E. unfægr "unlovely," from un- (1) "not" + fair. Cf. O.N. ufagr, Goth. unfagrs. Meaning "wicked, evil, bad" is recorded from c.1300. Sense of "not equitable, unjust" is first recorded 1713.
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