fairly

adverb
fair·​ly | \ ˈfer-lē \

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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Recent Examples on the Web

Waymo still has a fairly small fleet of vehicles, and there's likely to be a surge of interest in this new technology. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Waymo One, the groundbreaking self-driving taxi service, explained," 5 Dec. 2018 Farmwave is a fairly small company but the product’s applications are vast. Henry Robertson, Popular Mechanics, "An App Could Be the Key to Saving Crops from Pests and Pathogens," 4 Dec. 2018 Putting an arbitrary limit on free themes is certainly one way to keep people using One UI; the number of folks who pay for a custom smartphone theme must be fairly small. Chris Welch, The Verge, "Samsung will only allow free themes to be used for 14 days starting with Android 9 Pie update," 15 Nov. 2018 Lions, giraffes, hippopotamus, and impalas are also fairly common, while rhinoceros and cheetahs are decidedly more rare to spot. Lindsay Silberman, Town & Country, "How to Plan a Safari in Kenya: A Beginner's Guide," 14 Nov. 2018 This was fairly common practice for Dinamo players at the time, although exactly when the clause was inserted into the contract was for a long time disputed. Jonathan Wilson, SI.com, "Luka Modric's Croatia Success Story Comes With Complications," 13 July 2018 In a house that big, that’s a fairly small percentage. Peter Dobrin, Philly.com, "Academy of Music is replacing its lumpy old seats - and, no, you're not getting cup holders," 12 July 2018 These rockets are fairly small but nonetheless tricky and difficult to figure out. David Taylor, Houston Chronicle, "Rocketry students at LHS shooting for the sky," 7 July 2018 The Washington Post recently touched on the camel milk craze in its food and cooking blog, Voraciously, noting that U.S. camel milk farms are fairly small and uncommon. Justin L. Mack, Indianapolis Star, "Camel milk is the hot new trend and there is a farm right here in Indiana," 21 June 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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fairly

adverb

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

fairly

adverb
fair·​ly | \ ˈfer-lē \

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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