fair

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1fair

adjective \ˈfer\

: agreeing with what is thought to be right or acceptable

: treating people in a way that does not favor some over others

: not too harsh or critical

Full Definition of FAIR

1
:  pleasing to the eye or mind especially because of fresh, charming, or flawless quality
2
:  superficially pleasing :  specious <she trusted his fair promises>
3
a :  clean, pure <fair sparkling water>
b :  clear, legible
4
:  not stormy or foul :  fine <fair weather>
5
:  ample <a fair estate>
6
a :  marked by impartiality and honesty :  free from self-interest, prejudice, or favoritism <a very fair person to do business with>
b (1) :  conforming with the established rules :  allowed
(2) :  consonant with merit or importance :  due <a fair share>
c :  open to legitimate pursuit, attack, or ridicule <fair game>
7
a :  promising, likely <in a fair way to win>
b :  favorable to a ship's course <a fair wind>
8
archaic :  free of obstacles
9
:  not dark <fair skin>
10
a :  sufficient but not ample :  adequate <a fair understanding of the work>
b :  moderately numerous, large, or significant <takes a fair amount of time>
11
:  being such to the utmost :  utter <a fair treat to watch him — New Republic>
fair·ness noun

Examples of FAIR

  1. That's a fair question, and it deserves an honest reply.
  2. He is known as a very fair man.
  3. I try to be fair to my children.
  4. He claims that the competition wasn't fair.
  5. It's not fair that she gets to leave early and I don't.
  6. a fair and impartial jury
  7. a bargain that is fair to everyone
  8. What a bad movie! Be fair! Parts of it are actually pretty funny.
  9. I can't say I liked the movie, but, to be fair, parts of it are pretty funny.
  10. She did poorly on the test, but, to be fair, so did a lot of other people.
  11. You boys not looking for any trouble, are you? The question was fair. Millat's Crew looked like trouble. —Zadie Smith, White Teeth, (2000) 2001

Origin of FAIR

Middle English fager, fair, from Old English fæger; akin to Old High German fagar beautiful
First Known Use: before 12th century

Synonym Discussion of FAIR

fair, just, equitable, impartial, unbiased, dispassionate, objective mean free from favor toward either or any side. fair implies a proper balance of conflicting interests <a fair decision>. just implies an exact following of a standard of what is right and proper <a just settlement of territorial claims>. equitable implies a less rigorous standard than just and usually suggests equal treatment of all concerned <the equitable distribution of the property>. impartial stresses an absence of favor or prejudice <an impartial third party>. unbiased implies even more strongly an absence of all prejudice <your unbiased opinion>. dispassionate suggests freedom from the influence of strong feeling and often implies cool or even cold judgment <a dispassionate summation of the facts>. objective stresses a tendency to view events or persons as apart from oneself and one's own interest or feelings <I can't be objective about my own child>.

2fair

noun \ˈfer\

Definition of FAIR

1
obsolete :  beauty, fairness
2
:  something that is fair or fortunate (see 1fair)
3
archaic :  woman; especially :  sweetheart
for fair
:  to the greatest extent or degree :  fully <the rush is on for fair>
no fair
:  something that is not according to the rules <that's no fair>

Origin of FAIR

(see 1fair)
First Known Use: before 12th century

3fair

adverb \ˈfer\

Definition of FAIR

1
:  in a manner that is honest or impartial or that conforms to rules :  in a fair manner <play fair>
2
chiefly British :  fairly 3 <fair makes you want to cry>

Examples of FAIR

  1. <we expect everyone on this basketball court to play fair>
  2. <it fair takes your breath away when you find out what properties in London are going for>

Origin of FAIR

(see 1fair)
First Known Use: before 12th century

4fair

verb \ˈfer\

Definition of FAIR

intransitive verb
of the weather
:  clear
transitive verb
:  to join so that the external surfaces blend smoothly

Origin of FAIR

(see 1fair)
First Known Use: 1819

5fair

noun \ˈfer\

Definition of FAIR

1
:  a gathering of buyers and sellers at a particular place and time for trade
2
a :  a competitive exhibition usually with accompanying entertainment and amusements <an agricultural fair>
b :  an exhibition designed to acquaint prospective buyers or the general public with a product <a book fair>
c :  an exposition that promotes the availability of services or opportunities <health fairs> <job fairs>
3
:  a sale of assorted articles usually for a charitable purpose

Examples of FAIR

  1. At night the sparkling lights, hurdy-gurdy music of the merry-go-round, excited children, and screams of the riders on the roller coaster that races overhead recall the gaiety of a carnival midway at a county fair. —Witold Rybczynski, Atlantic, May 1993

Origin of FAIR

Middle English feire, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin feria weekday, fair, from Late Latin, festal day, from Latin feriae (plural) holidays — more at feast
First Known Use: 13th century

Other Business Terms

amortize, caveat emptor, clearinghouse, divest, due diligence, emolument, green-collar, marque, overhead, perquisite

fair

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Temporary market where buyers and sellers gather to transact business. Fairs are held at regular intervals, generally at the same location and time of year. An important form of commerce before the Industrial Revolution, fairs solved the problem of distribution and made possible the demonstration of arts and crafts and the sale and barter of goods. They were a fixture of the Roman Empire and medieval Europe, where they were held at major caravan crossroads and near religious festivals. The rules of the fairs eventually became the basis of European business law. Fairs began to die out as cities grew larger and transportation networks became more extensive, though some continued to exist as religious festivals or recreational events. County, agricultural, and livestock fairs are still held in many countries. The trade fair or trade show, often an international event in which exhibitors from one industry display their goods, gained popularity in the 20th century.

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