fair play


Definition of fair play

: equitable or impartial treatment : justice

Examples of fair play in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Silicon Valley's partisan interference flies in the face of American instincts about democracy, fair play, and the spirit of the First Amendment. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Twitter’s Partisan Censors," 15 Oct. 2020 Even in an election year where standards of fair play seem to plummet with each passing day, Monday’s attack by Georgia’s U.S. senators marked a new low. Star Tribune, "Attack on Georgia's secretary of state marked a new low," 12 Nov. 2020 This view of fair play is also sensitive to the high entry cost of the PC market. Ethan Davison, Washington Post, "Aim assist in the crosshairs," 16 Oct. 2020 Appeals to democratic principles won’t move those who believe, like Lenin, that liberal fair play is a tool of oppression. Bruce Gilley, WSJ, "The Cancel Mob Comes Back for More," 7 Oct. 2020 Champions of the TikTok ban have a final argument: Turnabout is fair play. Anupam Chander, Wired, "Trump’s TikTok Farce Ignores the Lessons of the Red Scare," 21 Sep. 2020 Remember the values of sportsmanship and fair play when voting. Melanie Laughman, The Enquirer, "Here's how to nominate Greater Cincinnati high school sports athletes of the week," 18 Aug. 2020 And that is not a political statement, that's just fair play. Benjamin Vanhoose, PEOPLE.com, "Bryan Callen Taking Leave of Absence from Podcast After Denying Sexual Misconduct Allegations," 3 Aug. 2020 Baseball not only develops the physical skills of our youth, but develops a person with a knowledge of fair play while always stressing a desire to win. Scottie Andrew And Jillian Martin, CNN, "MLB's Ian Desmond, in a powerful post about racism and social injustice, opts out of the 2020 season," 30 June 2020

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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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28 Nov 2020

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“Fair play.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fair%20play. Accessed 3 Dec. 2020.

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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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