unfair

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj unfair not fair; marked by injustice or partiality or deception "used unfair methods","it was an unfair trial","took an unfair advantage"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Unfair 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."
    • v. t Unfair To deprive of fairness or beauty.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n unfair 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.
    • unfair Not fair. Not beautiful; not comely.
    • unfair Unseemly; disgraceful.
    • unfair Not honest; not impartial; disingenuous; using trick or artifice.
    • unfair Not based on honesty, justice, or fairness; inequitable: as, unfair advantages; unfair practices.= Syn, Unjust, inequitable, partial, one-sided, dishonest, dishonorable. See candid.
    • unfair To deprive of fairness or beauty.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Unfair un-fār′ not fair: dishonest: unequal
    • v.t Unfair (Shak.) to deprive of beauty
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Quotations

  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Don't mind criticism. If it is untrue, disregard it; if unfair, keep from irritation; if it is ignorant, smile; if it is justified it is not criticism, learn from it.”
  • Marianne Moore
    Marianne Moore
    “A writer is unfair to himself when he is unable to be hard on himself.”
  • Terence
    Terence
    “How unfair the fate which ordains that those who have the least should be always adding to the treasury of the wealthy.”
  • Gerald F. Lieberman
    Gerald F. Lieberman
    “It is unfair to believe everything we hear about lawyers, some of it might not be true.”
  • John F. Kennedy
    John%20F.%20Kennedy
    “Life is unfair.”
  • Francis Picabia
    Francis%20Picabia
    “Nature is unfair? So much the better, inequality is the only bearable thing, the monotony of equality can only lead us to boredom.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. unfæger, unlovely. See Un- not, and Fair (a.)

Usage

In literature:

But some of the accusations against the friars are unfair.
"The Great White Tribe in Filipinia" by Paul T. Gilbert
But then it would be absurd and most unfair to blame the two Republics as a whole for this.
"With the Guards' Brigade from Bloemfontein to Koomati Poort and Back" by Edward P. Lowry
I could not help thinking that she had an unfair advantage over her darkly-dressed fellows.
"A Tramp's Notebook" by Morley Roberts
Burgoyne, who was unfairly treated by Germain, was defended by Fox, and on his return joined the opposition.
"The Political History of England - Vol. X." by William Hunt
Oppression and unfairness continued to grow in Ireland.
"Blue Ridge Country" by Jean Thomas
There's more than one who have said that Bolitho was very unfair.
"The Day of Judgment" by Joseph Hocking
This parting had made Winn feel as if something inside him was being unfairly handled.
"The Dark Tower" by Phyllis Bottome
It's so horribly unfair, when I did it all the time!
"Fifty-Two Stories For Girls" by Various
He claimed that I treated him unfairly, but I did not.
"Dave Porter and His Rivals" by Edward Stratemeyer
His judgments were liable to be clouded and unfair.
"The Loyalist" by James Francis Barrett
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In poetry:

The ardour of red flame is thine,
And thine the steely soul of ice:
Thou poisonest the fair design
Of nature, with unfair device.
"The Dark Angel" by Lionel Pigot Johnson
But knows my Delia, timely wise,
How soon this blameless era flies;
While violence and craft succeed,
Unfair design, and ruthless deed?
"The Dying Kid" by William Shenstone
We all have a strinklin o' care,
An they're lucky 'at ne'er meet a trubble,
But aw think its unkind, an unfair,
To mak ivvery misfortun seem double.
"Be Happy" by John Hartley
And so they seized him in the night,
And on the sacrificial stone
The axe-men of the Tribe did smite,
Until one limb he ceased to own.
There! They had equalized the odds,
Foiling unfairness of the Gods.
"Equality" by Robert W Service
And I consider if they are not allowed the same liberty,
From taxation every one of them should be set free;
And if they are not, it is really very unfair,
And an act of injustice I most solemnly declare.
"Women's Suffrage" by William Topaz McGonagall
Chorus: Who true bushmen are, etc.
When the sailor lies down, his mind he must prepare
To rouse out in a minute if the wind should prove unfair.
His voyage may be stopped for the want of a spar,
So him also we'll envy not, who true bushmen are.
"The Bushman" by Anonymous Oceania

In news:

"I wouldn't say it was unfair," Garcia said.
The cases for 10 films that exist in unfair infamy.
If they unfairly care for the landscape and benefit from vendor services, they are in violation of law.
Coach Mike Shanahan says the Redskins have been flagged unfairly for some penalties (Tom Gannam/Associated Press).
The picture is so unfair that it has even drawn National Organization for Women's ire.
Obama is an unfair victim of hatred.
Describing the pro-Lebanon rally on Saturday, August 12, as "a new, unapologetic embrace of Hezbollah" was unfair to many Lebanese attending the march.
Marge Simpson thought it was unfair when Barbara Bush labeled 'The Simpsons' "the dumbest thing I had ever seen" during an interview the then-First Lady did in 1990.
Maybe it's a bit unfair to grade every practice.
To compare this model to the first modern sports car is unfair.
During this show statements were made to the effect that the Culver Eagles had an unfair advantage.
The complaints deal with what some consider the reports "unfair characterization" of Eastern Kentucky.
'Immigrant rule an unfair advantage' and other letters to the editor.
FTC's final rule outlines what's unfair or deceptive in advertisements.
In July, the Federal Trade Commission issued a final rule relating to unfair or deceptive acts and practices in mortgage loan advertisements.
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In science:

In case of unfair sampling, this setup should exhibit oscillations for the total coincidence rate as in Fig. 2.
Experimental Scheme to Test the Fair Sampling Assumption in EPR-Bell Experiments
Of course the comparison is a bit unfair since the atom based encodings use BDD techniques to test satisfiability whereas the symbol based approach interfaces the high-end SAT solver MiniSat.
SAT Techniques for Lexicographic Path Orders
Some writers on the history of SRT have tended to be unfair to either Poincar´e or to Einstein [71, 72], while they, and many others, have largely ignored the work of Larmor. A notable exception is to be found in Pauli’s monograph on SRT written in 1921 and re-issued in English translation in 1958 .
The physics of space and time II: A reassessment of Einstein's 1905 special relativity paper
Since the compression rates are higher for the test sets that we use than the rates reported in , it would be unfair to quote those results.
Evolutionary Optimization in Code-Based Test Compression
Thus it would not be unfair to conclude that for moderately large N, an N-ring discrete system is quite capable of representing the basic physics of a continuous system like the galactic disc.
Low frequency m=1 normal mode oscillations of a self-gravitating disc
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