When an inadequate and ineffective worker gets promoted instead of you because he happens to be a friend of the boss, this is an example of something that would be described as unfair.
- not just or impartial; biased; inequitable
- dishonest, dishonorable, or unethical in business dealings
Origin of unfairMiddle English from Old English unfæger, unfair, ugly from un-, not + fæger, fair
- Contrary to justice or a sense of fairness: It was unfair to extend the deadline for some students but not others.
- Contrary to laws or conventions, especially in commerce; unethical: unfair dealing.
- Not kind or considerate: It was unfair of me to laugh when he felt so sad.
(comparative unfairer, superlative unfairest)
un- +"Ž fair