- not fair; not conforming to approved standards, as of justice, honesty, or ethics: an unfair law; an unfair wage policy.
- disproportionate; undue; beyond what is proper or fitting: an unfair share.
- characterized by inequality or injustice
- dishonest or unethical
adj.Old English unfægr “unlovely,” from un- (1) “not” + fair. Cf. Old Norse ufagr, Gothic unfagrs. Meaning “wicked, evil, bad” is recorded from c.1300. Sense of “not equitable, unjust” is first recorded 1713. Related: Unfairly; unfairness.