Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Not just or evenhanded; biased: an unfair call by an umpire.
  • adj. Contrary to laws or conventions, especially in commerce; unethical: unfair trading.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Not fair, unjust.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Not fair; not honest; not impartial; disingenuous; using or involving trick or artifice; dishonest; unjust; unequal.
  • transitive v. To deprive of fairness or beauty.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Not fair.
  • Unseemly; disgraceful.
  • Not honest; not impartial; disingenuous; using trick or artifice.
  • Not based on honesty, justice, or fairness; inequitable: as, unfair advantages; unfair practices.= Syn, Unjust, inequitable, partial, one-sided, dishonest, dishonorable. See candid.
  • To deprive of fairness or beauty.
  • n.
  • n. Not smooth, flowing, or regular in outline, or not properly regulated in place, specifically applied to two openings or holes which are intended to match in line when superposed, but by reason of error in adjusting are forced to overlap on the edges.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. not fair; marked by injustice or partiality or deception

Etymologies

un- +‎ fair (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • People for Progressive Transportation, which opposes passage of the measure, filed a lawsuit claiming the words "maintained and improved" make the title unfair and biased.

    The Bellingham Herald: Sports News

  • Another factor: the growing voices of independent filmmakers, who resent what they call unfair influence of big Hollywood studios on the issues of intellectual property rights, trade and the MPAA's rating board.

    Former U.S. senator Chris Dodd is closing in on MPAA gig. Or is he?

  • All five deny the charges against them and have been on a hunger strike for two weeks to protest what they describe as unfair trial proceedings, including what they said was inadequate access to their lawyers and insufficient time for the defense to present its case or cross-examine state witnesses.

    Five Activists Sentenced in U.A.E.

  • In a taped telephone message prepared last month for Trans States pilots, their union leader alleges what he calls unfair disciplinary actions by the airline's management.

    FAA Probes Whether Pilot Sought to Cover Up Mistake

  • Then one night on The O'Reilly Factor, I obliquely criticized MSNBC as well as Olbermann and Maddow for what I described as unfair attacks on Hillary Clinton during her presidential campaign.

    Lanny Davis: Defending Olbermann and Hannity

  • Beijing is increasingly pushing back against what it calls unfair protectionism.

    WSJ.com: What's News US

  • Senator Jeff Sessions of Alabama, an especially corrupt member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, was the key spokesperson for the GOP against the legislation which he called unfair to Halliburton, one of the biggest Republican Party contributors in history.

    Howie Klein: Senate Passes Amendment To Prevent KBR and Halliburton From Getting Away With Raping Employees (Literally)

  • He says international reporters were banned for being what he calls unfair and misleading in their coverage and says we shouldn't connect the media restrictions to speculation about a tighter crackdown.

    CNN Transcript Jun 16, 2009

  • But the president wants to do is ban what he calls unfair rate increases, abusive fees and penalties.

    CNN Transcript Apr 23, 2009

  • Federal regulators plan to tackle what they call unfair and deceptive practices in the credit industry.

    CNN Transcript May 2, 2008

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