Definition of unfairly in US English:



  • 1In a manner that is not in accordance with the principles of equality and justice.

    ‘in my view, he was treated unfairly’
    ‘employees have a right not to be unfairly dismissed’
    • ‘An earlier complaint had claimed hog farmers in Canada were unfairly subsidized.’
    • ‘Companies cannot act in concert if they feel another member company is acting unfairly.’
    • ‘The battle goes on between the music industry and those who seek to rob them of their legitimate revenues by illegally and unfairly copying CDs.’
    • ‘It is difficult to face irate parents who insist their child has been dealt with unfairly.’
    • ‘The standards committees get blamed unfairly for the actions of their individual members.’
    1. 1.1 In a way that does not follow the rules of a game or sport.
      ‘you can't be accused of cheating or playing unfairly’
      • ‘These issues pertain to the testing and identification of substances intended to enhance animal performance that alters unfairly the results of racing.’
      • ‘He is booked for jostling Gronkjaer off the ball unfairly.’
      • ‘It was implied that he had colluded unfairly with Manchester United in his side's defeat last Saturday.’
      • ‘They get involved in a bout after the Celtic striker unfairly challenged the stopper.’
      • ‘He defended himself against the charge of cutting up the pitch unfairly with the spikes of his boots in 1883.’