fair play


Definition of fair play

: equitable or impartial treatment : justice

Examples of fair play in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Like Marc, many practitioners feel that Call EnQ violates the principles of fair play and fair access. Amber Gray-fenner, Forbes, 4 Nov. 2021 The point of musical chairs is to teach children fair play and sportsmanship. Bernice L. Mcfadden, Longreads, 7 Aug. 2021 And for years, there hasn’t been a lot of fair play in this country. Tim Reynolds, ajc, 18 Oct. 2021 Ogwumike received 19 of 49 votes for the award that honors a player who exemplifies the ideals of sportsmanship on the court, including ethical behavior, fair play and integrity. Los Angeles Times, 5 Oct. 2021 Representation is important from the perspective of fair play and basic decency, but whatever the motivation, there’s also the bottom line — inclusion is good business. Patrick O'neill, Forbes, 22 Sep. 2021 But the club, whose debts total way over $1 billion, were seemingly unable to make the deal work within the frameworks of the Spanish league's financial fair play regulations. NBC News, 8 Aug. 2021 The rules that govern fair play are voted on, agreed to and expected to be upheld by all NCAA member schools. Nathan Baird, cleveland, 28 July 2021 Al-Khelaifi dismissed suspicions around financial fair play and said the club had always respected the rules. New York Times, 11 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of fair play

circa 1500, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of fair play was circa 1500

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“Fair play.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fair%20play. Accessed 20 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of fair play

: a way of behaving or of treating other people that is honest and fair

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