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"unfair" in British English

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unfairadjective

uk   /ʌnˈfeər/  us   /-ˈfer/
B1 not ​treatingpeople in a ​equal way, or not ​morallyright: an unfair ​system [+ to infinitive] It's unfair to ​blame Robert.

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unfairly
adverb uk   us   /-li/
unfairness
noun [U] uk   us   /-nəs/
(Definition of unfair from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"unfair" in American English

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unfairadjective

 us   /ʌnˈfeər/
not ​fair : It ​seems unfair to ​tax you both where you ​work and where you ​live.
unfairly
adverb  us   /ʌnˈfer·li, -ˈfær-/
The ​company unfairly ​denied her ​medicalbenefits.
unfairness
noun [U]  us   /ʌnˈfer·nəs, -ˈfær-/
(Definition of unfair from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"unfair" in Business English

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unfairadjective

uk   us   /ʌnˈfeər/
not morally ​right, or not ​treatingpeople in an ​equal way: Businesses argue that the ​taxidea is unfair because it is ​based on ​revenue, rather than ​profit. We will not ​accept unfair ​treatment of ​individuals whether it be because of race, sex, age or religion. Critics of the ​billthink that new ​serviceproviders will be given an unfair ​advantage over ​cablecompanies with existing ​franchiseagreements. unfair ​competition/​practices/​subsidiesbe/seem unfair to do sth It is unfair to ​judgeinfrastructureservices on the ​basis of ​return on ​investment.be/seem unfair that It seems unfair that the Scottish and Irish fishing ​industries should be ​hardesthit when other EU countries have also ​contributed to the over-fishing problem. grossly/really unfair
unfairly
adverb
Some ​departmentsclaim that they were ​treated unfairly in the ​reorganization.
(Definition of unfair from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “unfair”
in Korean 불공평한…
in Arabic ظالِم…
in Malaysian tdk adil…
in French injuste…
in Russian несправедливый, нечестный…
in Chinese (Traditional) 不公平的,不公正的, 不正當的…
in Italian ingiusto, sleale…
in Turkish taraflı, tarafgir, haksız…
in Polish niesprawiedliwy…
in Spanish injusto…
in Vietnamese không công bằng…
in Portuguese injusto, desleal…
in Thai ซึ่งไม่ยุติธรรม…
in German unfair…
in Catalan injust…
in Japanese 不公平な, 不当な…
in Chinese (Simplified) 不公平的,不公正的, 不正当的…
in Indonesian tidak adil…
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