Definition of fair play in US English:

fair play


  • Respect for the rules or equal treatment of all concerned.

    • ‘But it is certainly my call to defend good sense and fair play in public life.’
    • ‘His sense of fair play was epitomised when, during a match in Italy, he refused to score an easy goal after the goalkeeper was injured.’
    • ‘In the interests of fair play we just need to put you right about a few things before you actually go offending anyone.’
    • ‘Rules of fair play in men's college basketball may not be what they appear on the surface.’
    • ‘We need to be concerned about the precedent here, and how it affects the rules of democratic fair play.’
    • ‘Behind it all there was a sense of decency and fair play and an underlying kindness and compassion.’
    • ‘You stand up for professional values, fair play and justice during a controversy.’
    • ‘She was a woman of good nature, generosity and with an inherent sense of fair play.’
    • ‘Contrary to what we are led to believe, then, chivalry and a sense of fair play is not a purely western trait.’
    • ‘He said he was a socialist who believed in justice, fair play and equity and was proud of this.’
    • ‘The debate on terror is a serious one and it needs adult contributions and a commitment to fair play and respect from all involved.’
    • ‘His integrity and sense of fair play extend even to his adversaries.’
    • ‘He had a great sense of justice and fair play and this was so evident on the football field.’
    • ‘The rules of fair play must be observed by the minister in allocating the entitlements.’
    • ‘He was a man of honesty and integrity and would give fair play to all sides.’
    • ‘This, Sir David said, will conform to the principles of democracy, openness and fair play.’
    • ‘This is absurd and stands in contradiction to the universal principle of fair play.’
    • ‘So I made my way to our meeting ready to hammer them down, but my sense of fair play niggled at me.’
    • ‘Ian's talk will emphasise the importance of honesty and fair play in all aspects of political and social life.’
    • ‘You stand up for justice, fair play and rights and gain respect and admiration of those around you.’
    justice, justness, fair-mindedness, equity, equitableness, even-handedness, impartiality, lack of prejudice, open-mindedness
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fair play

/ˌfɛr ˈpleɪ//ˌfer ˈplā/