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unfair Line breaks: un¦fair
Pronunciation: /ʌnˈfɛː/

Definition of unfair in English:


1Not based on or behaving according to the principles of equality and justice: at times like these the legal system appears inhuman and unfair it would be unfair to blame her for the situation
More example sentences
  • The judge added it was premature and unfair to reach conclusions based on the State's summary of its case.
  • As a matter of personal philosophy, he thinks that judging a site based on links is unfair.
  • It's going to seem a bit unfair banning Americans for behaving like Americans if everyone else is doing so.
1.1Not following the rules of a game or sport: he was sent off for unfair play
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  • The axiom is that golf was never meant to be a fair game, so then the natural response is when does it become an unfair game?
  • Thus the chances of his winning the game is sabotaged by unfair meddling.
  • They began to shout of the rules and of unfair play, and Abigail sighed with relief.
unsporting, foul, unsportsmanlike, dirty, below the belt, illegal, illegitimate, illicit, underhand, unscrupulous, dishonourable
informal crooked, low-down


Pronunciation: /ʌnˈfɛːli/
Example sentences
  • Unkindly and unfairly they've been called other things but they're entitled to serious respect.
  • The regret didn't stem from any realisation that he'd hurt his wife deeply, wrongly, unfairly.
  • Objection was taken on the appellant's behalf on the grounds that he had been wrongly and unfairly dismissed.
Pronunciation: /ʌnˈfɛːnəs/
Example sentences
  • There are indeed the problems that you mention with class, corruption, and unfairness.
  • That is, complainants would bear the burden of proving falsity or unfairness.
  • There is of course no suggestion of misconduct in this case but unfairness and misconduct both relate to process.


Old English unfæger 'not beautiful' (see un-1, fair1).

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