Definition of fairly in English:



  • 1With justice.

    ‘he could not fairly be accused of wasting police time’
    • ‘We must treat everyone fairly, be open and honest and prepared to justify our decisions when challenged.’
    • ‘The dramatist chooses those motives as fairly and as honestly as he can.’
    • ‘Trade doesn't have to exploit the poor; done fairly, it can actually end poverty.’
    • ‘Would you trust this man to behave fairly, honestly, and ethically in his portfolio?’
    • ‘Their governing principles require that banks act fairly and reasonably in dealings with customers.’
    • ‘He won that position fairly, kept it honourably, and contributed to the British and to the world theatre.’
    • ‘If these occur, they are dealt with swiftly and fairly, to restore security to all in the facility.’
    • ‘Yet we somehow find a way to compete fairly and still get along for the betterment of the team.’
    • ‘The tribunal is trying to boost its legitimacy by acting fairly.’
    • ‘I think it's fair to say that we have made fairly substantial progress.’
    • ‘If they are found to have acted fairly, then everybody knows as well.’
    • ‘The first data protection principle is that information must be used fairly and lawfully.’
    • ‘He quite fairly observed that he hadn't really played backgammon before.’
    • ‘Ensuring this money is used fairly to the benefit of all the world's people is therefore a matter of increasing urgency.’
    justly, equitably, impartially, without bias, without prejudice, without fear or favour, with an open mind, open-mindedly, even-handedly, objectively, neutrally, disinterestedly
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  • 2[usually as submodifier] To quite a high degree.

    ‘I was fairly certain she had nothing to do with the affair’
    ‘I get along fairly well with everybody’
    • ‘If there was a slip it was simply a slip, but the reasons are fairly obvious.’
    • ‘One of the problems I find when listening to commercial radio is the constant repetition of fairly long adverts.’
    • ‘Saturday I was on call and spent a fairly long time sorting the ward out at the hospital.’
    • ‘The demo came out really well; recorded fairly quickly, pretty much live and without too much fuss.’
    • ‘I've done some fairly harsh probing on this subject and, to be honest, it turns out to be a really good deal.’
    • ‘The young woman paced along fairly quickly, her handbag swinging back and forth and her nose held high in the air.’
    • ‘Most of our fine police officers have a fairly large degree of discretion to use.’
    • ‘It fell to her mid thigh, making it a fairly long skirt in comparison to most she owned.’
    • ‘The trouble is, when I get in a mood like that, I can be quite destructive and fairly unpleasant to be around.’
    • ‘I've been through a phase of having a fair amount of capital and I was fairly miserable to be honest.’
    • ‘They have a good reputation locally, and the chap says that they get asked to do this sort of thing fairly frequently.’
    • ‘There was nothing to this and by the time I'd gone a block, I was fairly speeding along.’
    • ‘It was cooked up with egg, bits of barbecue pork and shrimp, for a fairly satisfying result.’
    • ‘It's still fairly big and quite bulky but we're gradually getting there.’
    • ‘I am fairly difficult to get along with apparently and we haven't talked in a number of years.’
    • ‘It was a pretty animal, fairly large and muscular for a cat with a silky, dark blue-black coat and violet eyes.’
    reasonably, passably, tolerably, satisfactorily, sufficiently, adequately, moderately, quite, rather, somewhat, relatively, comparatively
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    1. 2.1 Actually (used to emphasize something surprising or extreme)
      ‘he fairly snarled at her’
      • ‘Uh Huh Her was written and recorded entirely in her Dorset home, and is a fairly extreme reaction to her previous work.’
      • ‘We're fairly surprised that Whitney and Bobby are now officially the tackiest couple of the year.’
      • ‘You would be fairly surprised at some of the people who smoke cannabis.’
      • ‘True insomnia, the inability to get to sleep or maintain sleep is actually fairly rare.’
      • ‘I have any number of fairly prurient interests, among them, a penchant for gossip columns.’
      • ‘In the history of empire and colonialism, the voices raised in dissent are fairly few actually.’
      • ‘Between these two extremes the mountains are fairly barren with only little pockets of fertile soil.’
      • ‘We were all fairly surprised to find ourselves barely able to walk straight when we finally did get up.’
      • ‘So in each case, it tends to be fairly extreme behaviour that's likely to give rise to liability.’
      • ‘But it ought to come with a word of warning for drivers: it is fairly alcoholic.’
      • ‘I'm fairly surprised at the technician who presents herself to my office.’
      • ‘Regi Claire hasn't set out to write an erotic novel, though The Beauty Room fairly hums with sexual tension.’
      • ‘You could imagine that Lynn was fairly surprised when she saw who she had been sat next to.’
      • ‘After what happened last time, I was fairly surprised that he stopped at all.’
      • ‘Companies have ingrained practices and fairly frozen allocations of marketing funds.’
      • ‘But fairly few people have studied the media even in the moderate depth that I have done.’
      • ‘After all, not wearing any clothes at all is fairly hazardous, especially if the sun is making you a little delirious.’
      • ‘Many are nursing painful losses and are likely to give a fairly rude response when asked to support the next foreign Aim float.’
      • ‘Iranians come from a fairly different culture in regard to the interaction between women and men.’
      • ‘So I think it was a fairly brave an courageous artwork to commemorate a brave and courageous event.’
      positively, really, veritably, simply, actually, absolutely, decidedly
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