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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 of unfair
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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  • Yet all I could do was to rail against the unfairness of the unwarranted punishment.

    Highways in Hiding George Oliver Smith
  • He felt the insincerity of his father's laugh, and rebelled against the unfairness of it.

    Michael E. F. Benson
  • They would not have tolerated him, only he was on his trial, and they were anxious to avoid any suspicion of unfairness.

    The Squire's Daughter Silas K(itto) Hocking
  • If you had not been so busy boasting over your own unfairness you could have heard our approach.

    Marjorie Dean Pauline Lester
  • He calls attention to such injustices as miscegenation, lynching, unfairness of the courts, and discrimination in traveling.

British Dictionary definitions for unfairness

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 unfairness

unfair

adj.

Old English unfægr "unlovely," from un- (1) "not" + fair. Cf. Old Norse ufagr, Gothic unfagrs. Meaning "wicked, evil, bad" is recorded from c.1300. Sense of "not equitable, unjust" is first recorded 1713. Related: Unfairly; unfairness.

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