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English definition of “favouritism”


noun [U] uk UK disapproving (US favoritism)   /ˈfeɪ.vər.ɪ.tɪ.zəm/ us  
unfair support shown to one person or group, especially by someone in authority: A parent must be careful not to show favouritism towards any one of their children.Unfairness and favouring someone unfairlyJustice and fairness
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