Meaning of unfair in English:


Pronunciation /ʌnˈfɛː/

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  • 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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In my opinion what Mr Hughes got convicted for was totally unfair and justice was not served on him properly.’
    • ‘We might agree that, if we could distribute talents, it would be unjust or unfair to distribute them unequally.’
    • ‘The capitalist system may be blamed for the unfair distribution of national and social welfare.’
    • ‘Opposition politicians said it would involve deeply unfair rationing according to lifestyle.’
    • ‘Thus the comparison was unfair - not in accordance with honest trade practices.’
    • ‘Health inequities, formally defined, are avoidable inequalities that are unfair and unjust.’
    • ‘Even where there is no direct prejudice, there may be unfair preferences which should not count.’
    • ‘It has opaque adoption procedures and risks unfair and unequal enforcement.’
    • ‘The world in general, and the book trade in particular, is unfair, unjust, and patently absurd in its workings.’
    • ‘In pieces of this nature, people constantly use biased, unfair information about Keane that is half true to have a go at him.’
    • ‘You know what makes it all desperately unfair, so unjust, is that these people aren't even getting value for money.’
    • ‘An unequal society is an unfair society, regardless of what factors have led to the inequalities.’
    • ‘My dismissal was completely unfair and unjustifiable and it has had an adverse impact not just on myself but on my whole family.’
    • ‘These distance criteria are the toughest in Australia and this inequity is simply unfair.’
    • ‘If they personally feel that a decision is unjust and unfair, they must stand up for themselves.’
    • ‘They would not agree to an unfair or unbalanced deal any more than we would.’
    • ‘They are there to protect those accused from receiving an unfair trial because of prejudicial press reports.’
    unjust, inequitable, prejudiced, biased, discriminatory
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    1. 1.1Not following the rules of a game or sport.
      ‘he was sent off for unfair play’
      • ‘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
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Old English unfæger ‘not beautiful’ (see un-, fair).