November 22, 2014
evenhanded (adjective)
\ee-vun-HAN-dud\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
: not favoring one over another : fair, impartial
How do you use it?
Even though her little sister was on the team, the lacrosse coach was evenhanded about who got to start the game.
Are you a word wiz?

If you think of using each of your hands evenly -- not favoring one over another it's pretty easy to figure out that "evenhanded" can be applied to something or someone who is impartial, or treats all equally. See if you can find the one word in the choices below that also refers to being fair.

Hands up if you chose C! "Evenhanded," "fair," "just," "impartial," and "equitable" all mean free from favor toward any side. "Fair" implies an elimination of your own feelings, prejudices, and desires so as to achieve a balance of conflicting interests, as in "a fair decision." "Just" suggests an exact following of a standard of what is right, as in "a just settlement." "Impartial" stresses an absence of favor or prejudice, as in "an impartial judge." "Equitable" implies a less rigorous standard than "just" and usually suggests equal treatment of all concerned, as in "the equitable distribution of the books."
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