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fairly Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. adverb to a moderately sufficient extent or degree
    pretty; passably; reasonably; moderately; jolly; middling; somewhat.
    • pretty big
    • pretty bad
    • jolly decent of him
    • the shoes are priced reasonably
    • he is fairly clever with computers
  2. adverb without favoring one party, in a fair evenhanded manner
    evenhandedly; fair.
    • deal fairly with one another
  3. adverb in conformity with the rules or laws and without fraud or cheating
    clean; fair.
    • they played fairly

Fair"ly adverb
  1. In a fairmanner; clearly; openly; plainly; fully; distinctly; frankly.
    Even the nature of Mr. Dimmesdale's disease had never fairly been revealed to him. Hawthorne.
  2. Favorably; auspiciously; commodiously; as, a town fairly situated for foreign traade.
  3. Honestly; properly.
    Such means of comfort or even luxury, as lay fairly within their grasp. Hawthorne.
  4. Softly; quietly; gently. Obs. Milton.

Webster 1913