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Webster 1913 Edition


Unfair

Un-fair′

,
Verb.
T.
[1st pref.
un-
+
fair
.]
To deprive of fairness or beauty.
[R.]
Shak.

Un-fair′

,
Adj.
[AS.
unfæger
unlovely. See
Un-
not, and
Fair
,
Adj.
]
Not fair; not honest; not impartial; disingenuous; using or involving trick or artifice; dishonest; unjust; unequal.
You come, like an
unfair
merchant, to charge me with being in your debt.
Swift.
Un-fair′ly
,
adv.
Un-fair′ness
,
Noun.

Webster 1828 Edition


Unfair

UNFA'IR

, a.
1.
Not honest; not impartial; disingenuous; using trick or artifice; as an unfair dealer.
2.
Not honest; not just; not equal; as unfair practices.
3.
Proceeding from trick or dishonesty; as unfair advantages.

Definition 2021


unfair

unfair

English

Verb

unfair (third-person singular simple present unfairs, present participle unfairing, simple past and past participle unfaired)

  1. To make ugly.
    • Shakespeare
      And that unfair which fairly doth excel.

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Adjective

unfair (comparative unfairer, superlative unfairest)

  1. Not fair, unjust.
    • 2012 March-April, John T. Jost, “Social Justice: Is It in Our Nature (and Our Future)?”, in American Scientist, volume 100, number 2, page 162:
      He draws eclectically on studies of baboons, descriptive anthropological accounts of hunter-gatherer societies and, in a few cases, the fossil record. With this biological framework in place, Corning endeavors to show that the capitalist system as currently practiced in the United States and elsewhere is manifestly unfair.
    It was unfair for the boss to give larger bonuses to his friends.

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German

Pronunciation

IPA(key): [ʔʊnfɛːɐ̯]

Adjective

unfair (comparative unfairer, superlative am unfairsten)

  1. unfair

Declension

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