fair·​ly | \ ˈfer-lē How to pronounce fairly (audio) \

Definition of fairly

1 : in a handsome manner a table fairly set

2 obsolete

a : in a gentle manner : quietly
b : in a courteous manner
3 : so to speak : nearly, practically fairly bursting with pride
4a : in a proper or legal manner fairly priced stocks
b : without bias or distortion : impartially a story told fairly and objectively
5 : to a full degree or extent : plainly, distinctly had fairly caught sight of him
6 : rather sense 5, moderately a fairly easy job

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Examples of fairly in a Sentence

It's a fairly common disease. I told the story as fairly as possible. He reports fairly on the issues. He beat me fairly and squarely.
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With no elite strength but no glaring holes in his game either, Weatherspoon has a fairly clear pathway to becoming a useful glue guy in the pros. Jeremy Woo, SI.com, "2019 NBA Draft Big Board 7.0: Top 100 Prospect Rankings," 5 June 2019 Gun control activists feel that this is a fairly small step to make as so few silencers are in circulation in the 1980s to begin with. Victoria Rodriguez, Seventeen, "A Timeline of the Second Amendment and Gun Control in the U.S.," 1 May 2019 And although the White House eventually came around to bipartisan proposals to very slightly improve background checks and ban bump stocks, the compromises amount to fairly small changes to America’s weak gun laws. German Lopez, Vox, "I’ve covered gun violence for years. The solutions aren’t a big mystery.," 14 Feb. 2019 Benefits to running endurance are fairly clear in the research, Jeukendrup said. New York Times, "That Spitting Thing at the World Cup? It’s Probably ‘Carb Rinsing’," 11 July 2018 Some designs, like the Las Vegas and New York skylines were produced in fairly large numbers and don’t fetch as high a price. refinery29.com, "How Brutal Cult Leader Tony Alamo Amassed A Fortune With Bedazzled Denim Jackets," 29 June 2018 Getty Images Getty Images While wearing such a killer dress to steal the show, the rest of Sophie’s look was kept fairly simple by MUA Georgie Eisdell. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Sophie Turner's Contrast Stitch LBD in Front of the Eiffel Tower Is Such a Look," 26 Apr. 2019 For all her love of beauty experimentation, Rihanna tends to keep her hair fairly simple. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Rihanna's Cornrows Are Giving Fans (and Me) Life," 13 Mar. 2019 The overall arc hews fairly close to Vaughan and Alphona’s comics run, apart from substituting Jonah in for the Gibborim — a group of ancient giants that would have been pretty hard to make work on television. Samantha Nelson, The Verge, "Season 2 of Runaways forges a bold new path — eventually," 21 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of fairly

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of fairly

: to some degree or extent but not very or extremely : to a reasonable or moderate extent
: in a way that is right or proper : in a fair way
used for emphasis before a verb that is being used figuratively


fair·​ly | \ ˈfer-lē How to pronounce fairly (audio) \

Kids Definition of fairly

1 : in a just and proper manner I was treated fairly.
2 : very close to He was fairly bursting with pride.
3 : for the most part : rather It's a fairly easy job.

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