fairly

adverb
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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Look for sheets that are certified organic by organizations like the USDA or GOTS as well as fair trade, to ensure that everyone involved in the manufacture of your sheets is being treated and paid fairly for their work. Lauren Hubbard, ELLE Decor, "A Beginner's Guide to Making Your Home More Sustainable," 1 Apr. 2019 And so, here's more info about Meghan and Ben's wedding and their relationship: Not too much is known about Meghan and Ben's early days as a couple together, as the two seem to be fairly private. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Everyone Wants to Know About Meghan McCain's Husband After That Viral Denise-Wedding Tweet," 28 Mar. 2019 Until recently, the business of making consumer staples was fairly straightforward: Products were sold through supermarkets with no direct contact with shoppers, while billion-dollar ad budgets kept top-line growth at a steady 5-6%. Carol Ryan, WSJ, "New Consumer CEOs Are Getting Tougher, Shorter Jobs," 15 Feb. 2019 Fast forward to New Year’s Eve 2018, when a fairly straightforward taxi test accidentally turns into a historic first flight. Chris Clarke, Popular Mechanics, "Super-Rare XP-82 Twin Mustang Flies Again After Decade-Long Restoration," 4 Jan. 2019 The definition of working class is fairly straightforward, but the actual application of the term gets dicey, fast. Kim Kelly, Teen Vogue, "What the "Working Class" Is, and How It's Politicized," 13 Dec. 2018 Intuitively, the approach is fairly straightforward. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Potentially disastrous Rowhammer bitflips can bypass ECC protections," 22 Nov. 2018 So far, the biggest caveat in the research is the fact that success has been documented in women with fairly straightforward fertility issues. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "These Two Women Both ‘Carried’ Their Baby Using Reciprocal Effortless IVF," 16 Nov. 2018 Several of those things are fairly straightforward and require no knowledge of hair and beauty routines. Andrea Park, Allure, "We Challenged Noah Centineo to Try Our Favorite Beauty Treatments and the Results Are Amazing," 21 Sep. 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 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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