Definition of fairly
1 : in a handsome manner a table fairly set
2 obsolete a : in a gentle manner : quietlyb : in a courteous manner
4a : in a proper or legal manner fairly priced stocksb : without bias or distortion : impartially a story told fairly and objectively
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.
Before 12th Century
First Known Use of fairly
before 12th century
FAIRLY Defined for English Language Learners
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
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