Unfairness is what results when a situation isn't equal or just. A teacher giving good grades to his favorite students is one example of unfairness.

When someone doesn't have to follow the rules, that's unfairness. You might accuse your parents of unfairness if they give your brother a larger allowance even though you do more chores. Unfairness can also be called injustice or inequality. This noun once had a completely different meaning, "ugliness," because fair can also mean beautiful.

Definitions of unfairness
  1. noun
    partiality that is not fair or equitable
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    candor, candour, fair-mindedness, fairness
    ability to make judgments free from discrimination or dishonesty
    type of:
    partiality, partisanship
    an inclination to favor one group or view or opinion over alternatives
  2. noun
    injustice by virtue of not conforming with rules or standards
    synonyms: inequity
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    equity, fairness
    conformity with rules or standards
    the use of dubious (although not technically illegal) methods to win a game
    type of:
    injustice, unjustness
    the practice of being unjust or unfair
  3. noun
    an unjust act
    synonyms: iniquity, injustice, shabbiness
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    type of:
    actus reus, misconduct, wrongdoing, wrongful conduct
    activity that transgresses moral or civil law
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