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 What happened: Buffalo was supposed to be a fairly easy mark for a record-tying 18th straight victory, but Milwaukee had to sweat it out before matching what the Knicks had accomplished in 1969. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Memorable moments from every game of the 1970-71 Milwaukee Bucks championship season," 29 Apr. 2021 The now-iconic spike protein represents a fairly simple mechanism for the SARS-CoV-2 virus to get into cells and begin replicating. Fortune, "How mRNA vaccines like Moderna’s and Pfizer’s are propelling us into the ‘new golden age’ of vaccinology," 16 Apr. 2021 One way to explain this shift is fairly simple: the move toward unfiltered storytelling tracks with the dominance of social media, a tool that has undeniably transformed the celebrity landscape. Cady Lang, Time, "How Celebrity Memoirs Got So Good," 13 Apr. 2021 The Car Thing is fairly simple: an oversize knob allows a user to scroll through content and select songs, while a single button below it acts as a back button. Colin Beresford, Car and Driver, "Spotify 'Car Thing' Will Bring Streaming Infotainment to More Vehicles," 13 Apr. 2021 One problem was the fairly simple PIN numbers used by many clients, Cubbage said. Deborah Yetter, The Courier-Journal, "In sweeping step to stop fraud, Kentucky to shut down unemployment system to fix problems," 8 Apr. 2021 In part, this is because ESG a fairly recent trend, data is limited. Simon Moore, Forbes, "Researchers Find That ESG Investing May Benefit Consultants More Than Investors," 7 Apr. 2021 In Massachusetts, the state Supreme Judicial Court in January allowed jury trials to resume on a limited basis, with six-member juries presiding over fairly simple criminal and civil cases at nine courthouses. BostonGlobe.com, "Jury trials still haven’t resumed in Rhode Island, and there’s no clear answer why not," 5 Apr. 2021 Probably because the study was fairly recent and was so highly publicized. Kristen Rogers, CNN, "Tuskegee isn't the only reason why some Black people are hesitant to get the coronavirus vaccine," 30 Mar. 2021

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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 11 May. 2021.

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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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