If something's unfair, it's not just or equitable. If your brother carelessly broke your mother's favorite vase, it would be unfair for her to punish both of you.

We all know that when things are fair, they're unbiased or they follow the rules. Unfair is the exact opposite, so an unfair ruling in court isn't based on principles of justice, and an unfair grade on your book report might be due to your English teacher's bias against graphic novels. The original meaning of this adjective was "not lovely" or "hideous," from the "beautiful" definition of fair.

Definitions of unfair
  1. adjective
    not fair; marked by injustice or partiality or deception
    “used unfair methods”
    “it was an unfair trial”
    “took an unfair advantage”
    synonyms: unjust
    below the belt
    disregarding the rules (from the notion of an illegal low blow in boxing)
    cheating, dirty, foul, unsporting, unsportsmanlike
    violating accepted standards or rules
    brutally unfair or harsh
    violating principles of justice
    showing favoritism
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    fair, just
    free from favoritism or self-interest or bias or deception; conforming with established standards or rules
    antimonopoly, antitrust
    of laws and regulations; designed to protect trade and commerce from unfair business practices
    clean, sporting, sportsmanlike, sporty
    exhibiting or calling for sportsmanship or fair play
    of a person; just and impartial; not prejudiced
    just and honest
    used especially of what is legally or ethically right or proper or fitting
    showing lack of favoritism
    reasonable, sensible
    showing reason or sound judgment
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