Definition of fairness in English:



mass noun
  • 1Impartial and just treatment or behaviour without favouritism or discrimination.

    ‘part of my role is to ensure fairness to all parties’
    ‘I was impressed with her fairness and firm hand as manager’
    • ‘Their politics notwithstanding, the filmmakers strove for fairness in their portrayal of the violence inflicted by each side.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, there are too many people who may allow feelings of revenge to override fairness.’
    • ‘There is no doubt that he will manage this agency with integrity, fairness and the ingenuity that is needed to strengthen rural development programs in the future.’
    • ‘These requests are not in the best interest of the membership or of fairness.’
    • ‘State legislative bodies have been urged to address issues of contract fairness, inequities in bargaining power, concentration in the marketplace, and other related issues.’
    • ‘Openness means equality; it breeds fairness which results in strength.’
    • ‘One gallant knight stands as the hope of the English people, Norman and Saxon alike, for justice and fairness.’
    • ‘We should demand that governments return to first principles - public service and fairness for competing interests.’
    • ‘It also looks at copyright issues and makes recommendations on changes universities could consider to increase the fairness of evaluations of digital scholarship.’
    • ‘Fairness and equality strike a personal chord with the artist.’
  • 2The quality of having light-coloured hair or a pale complexion.

    ‘descriptions emphasize the fairness of her skin’
    • ‘Other descriptions emphasize the fairness of her skin, the fine texture of her hair, the serenity of her expression and the wealth displayed on her person.’
    • ‘The 'black Ethiopes' are a favourite image for making comparisons between women: Sylvia's fairness 'Shows Julia but a swarthy Ethiope' (The Two Gentlemen of Verona 2.6.26).’
    • ‘Liz looked at her beautiful child and wished that Beth had inherited the fairness of her complexion and the straightness of her hair from George.’
    • ‘Isabella of Bavaria, remarkable for her gallantry, and the fairness of her complexion, introduced the fashion of leaving the shoulders and part of the neck uncovered.’
    • ‘Her dark eyes and even darker hair stumbled on the fairness of her creamy skin.’
    • ‘Her face was slightly flushed, the royal blue of her gown heightening the fairness of her skin and the glow of love in her eyes.’
    • ‘Some of the scars were white lines that scarcely showed against pale skin, or blushing pink and red streaks marring its fairness.’
  • 3archaic Beauty.

    ‘the maiden allows her fairness to lead her to trouble’
    • ‘An heiress of thirty years would have been prey enough; he dared not imagine what Katharine, with her fairness, youth, and bank stocks, might have become.’
    • ‘Virginia is the maiden daughter of Virginius who allows her fairness and beauty to lead her to trouble.’
    • ‘Ignorant of anyone's disapproval, Audrey shared her expectations of her daughter's fairness with anyone who would listen.’
    • ‘The fairness of her face no tongue can tell, For she the daughters of all women's race, And angels eke, in beauty doth excell.’
    • ‘She threw on the black silk scarf, whose simple drapery suited as well her shape as its dark hue set off the purity of her dress and the fairness of her face.’