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

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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First Known Use of fairly

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

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18 May 2022

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“Fairly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fairly. Accessed 29 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for fairly


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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