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

n partiality that is not fair or equitable

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

n injustice by virtue of not conforming with rules or standards

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

n an unjust act

iniquity, injustice, shabbiness
Type of:
actus reus, misconduct, wrongdoing, wrongful conduct
activity that transgresses moral or civil law

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