Definition of even-handed in English:



  • Fair and impartial in treatment or judgment.

    ‘an even-handed approach’
    • ‘The result may be more even-handed and in-depth treatment of controversies such as elections.’
    • ‘I admired him deeply because I felt he always was fair, even-handed and honest with me.’
    • ‘If you're not seen to be beholden to one group in a party, people feel you'll deal with them in a fair, even-handed way.’
    • ‘Reporting should be dispassionate and news judgements based on the need to give viewers an even-handed account of events.’
    • ‘Because the Scottish parliament has no second chamber, the committees must act as an even-handed forum to ensure that legislation is fair and foolproof.’
    • ‘The pace is unhurried, the treatment is even-handed, and the effect is fascinating.’
    • ‘In order to be effective the law must be applied in a fair and even-handed way or it is no law at all.’
    • ‘Of course, the team director has to be even-handed.’
    • ‘Despite my attempts to be even-handed, islanders deeply resented an outsider ‘passing judgment’, as they saw it.’
    • ‘Obligations to kin, he believed, precluded working in the required impersonal and even-handed way.’
    • ‘This anomaly showed that the system was not even-handed.’
    • ‘That places a special burden on us to be fair and even-handed in our coverage of news organizations that are not independently owned.’
    • ‘Although the treatment of the events tends to be even-handed, there are some dubious conclusions.’
    • ‘He believed in fair and even-handed dealings, and he enjoyed life and living right to the end.’
    • ‘Try as I might to be even-handed about Edinburgh, I can't.’
    • ‘I think the analysis presented here was pretty even-handed.’
    • ‘What I am interested in is some kind of an even-handed fair play in terms of this prosecution.’
    • ‘You'd probably agree this proves conclusively that public broadcasting is totally fair and even-handed.’
    • ‘Public sector strategies attempt to be fair, even-handed, and consistent when judged by all those who are entitled to the benefits of the service.’
    • ‘The letters page commentaries are merely one means to ensure an even-handed debate and a helpful facility for those without an immediate political platform.’
    fair, just, equitable, impartial, unbiased, unprejudiced, non-partisan, non-discriminatory, anti-discrimination
    disinterested, dispassionate, detached, uninvolved, objective, neutral, impersonal, fair-minded, open-minded, with no axe to grind
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