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evenhanded

[ee-vuh n-han-did]
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adjective
  1. impartial; equitable: evenhanded justice.

Origin of evenhanded

First recorded in 1595–1605; even1 + handed
Related formse·ven·hand·ed·ly, adverbe·ven·hand·ed·ness, noun
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  • The Thin One settled all night disputes in the most evenhanded way.

  • Did not evenhanded justice ere-long commend the poisoned chalice to their own lips?

  • But the law is evenhanded; it levies an equal succession-tax on the transmission of badness as of goodness.

    Applied Eugenics

    Paul Popenoe and Roswell Hill Johnson


Word Origin and History for evenhanded

c.1600, from even (adj.) + hand (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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