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unfair Syllabification: un·fair
Pronunciation: /ˌənˈfer/

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 inhumane and unfair
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.
1.1Unkind, inconsiderate, or unreasonable: you’re unfair to criticize like that when she’s never done you any harm
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  • In November she complained about the very rigid, harsh, unfair and unreasonable marking of some of the papers.
  • There was a time when we had employers who were unfair and unreasonable, but I think time has moved on.
  • The resulting decisions are inevitably sometimes unfair and inconsistent.
inconsiderate, thoughtless, insensitive, selfish, spiteful, mean, unkind, unreasonable;
hypercritical, overcritical
1.2Not following the rules of a game or sport.
Example sentences
  • 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.


Pronunciation: /ˈˌənˈfe(ə)rlē/
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: /ˈˌənˈfe(ə)rnəs/
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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