1) ADJ-GRADED: oft it v-link ADJ that/to-inf An unfair action or situation is not right or just.

She was awarded ₤5,000 in compensation for unfair dismissal...

America decided that imported steel had an unfair advantage over steel made at home...

It was unfair that he should suffer so much...

The union said it was unfair to ask workers to adopt a policy of wage restraint.

Derived words:
unfairly ADV-GRADED ADV adj, ADV with v

An industrial tribunal has no jurisdiction to decide whether an employee was fairly or unfairly dismissed...

He unfairly blamed Frances for the failure.

2) ADJ-GRADED: usu ADJ n An unfair system or situation does not give equal treatment or equal opportunities to everyone involved.

The American plane makers continue to accuse Airbus of unfair competition...

Some have been sentenced to long prison terms after unfair trials.

Derived words:
unfairness N-UNCOUNT

What about the unfairness of life? Why do bad things happen to good people?

English dictionary. 2008.


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