fairly

adverb fair·ly \ ˈfer-lē \
Updated on: 12 May 2018

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
4 a : 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 5, moderately
  • a fairly easy job

Examples of fairly in a Sentence

  1. It's a fairly common disease.

  2. I told the story as fairly as possible.

  3. He reports fairly on the issues.

  4. He beat me fairly and squarely.

Recent Examples of fairly from the Web

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First Known Use of fairly

before 12th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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FAIRLY Defined for English Language Learners

fairly

Definition of fairly for English Language Learners

  • : 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


FAIRLY Defined for Kids

fairly

adverb fair·ly \ ˈfer-lē \

Definition of fairly for Students

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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