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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Recent Examples on the Web From layering crops to pruning branches, these solutions are fairly simple and low-tech, which helps on small farms with limited resources. Melody Schreiber, The New Republic, "The Challenge of Sustainable Chocolate," 13 Feb. 2020 Temperatures hold fairly steady in the 30s under cloudy skies. Washington Post, "D.C.-area forecast: Colder today, with a shower this morning; periods of rain tonight and tomorrow," 5 Feb. 2020 In contrast, car insurers like Allstate have won approval from many state insurance departments for rate increases on a fairly steady basis since 2015, when a spike in traffic deaths caught the industry by surprise. Leslie Scism, WSJ, "Allstate, Chubb Profits Rise on Disaster Claim Decline, Premium Growth," 5 Feb. 2020 Stephens said the parent company of the store — RPTN Group — also owns a medical marijuana grow operation in River Rouge that allows for a fairly steady supply of product. Kathleen Gray, Detroit Free Press, "River Rouge embraces legal weed, opens first tri-county recreational shop," 24 Jan. 2020 The weather service says Saturday will be wet with fairly steady rain all day. oregonlive, "Portland metro Thursday weather: Rain increasing, breezy, mild high of 55," 23 Jan. 2020 Overall, this rating has held fairly steady, but partisans' views have changed some over time. CBS News, "CBS News Eye on Trends: The latest from the Election & Survey Unit," 7 Jan. 2020 After an initial rise in support, public opinion on impeachment has held fairly steady throughout congressional hearings and remains deeply polarized. By Michael Luo, The New Yorker, "“I Pray for the President All the Time”: In Praise of How Nancy Pelosi Has Navigated Impeachment," 17 Dec. 2019 But as with all things that go up, temperatures will quickly tumble again, with a fairly steady decline back to the mid-20s in Boston by Thursday morning, forecasters said. BostonGlobe.com, "Temperatures begin a steady climb Sunday, reaching near 60 by Tuesday - The Boston Globe," 8 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of fairly

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

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The first known use of fairly was before the 12th century

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“Fairly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fairly. Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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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


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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