fair·​ness | \ ˈfer-nəs How to pronounce fairness (audio) \

Definition of fairness

: the quality or state of being fair especially : fair or impartial treatment : lack of favoritism toward one side or another This is the real Ponzi scheme that does injury to the American promise of fairness— Jesse Jackson The rules reflect the principles of procedural due process and fundamental fairness prescribed by the Constitution … — James O. Freedman … partisan gerrymandering has got so out of hand that it was up to the courts to restore a measure of fairness. — Jeffrey Toobin We are living in the harsh world invented by a handful of corporate raiders whose values are completely foreign to the fairness and moderation that had so long served as the proper foundation of American success and the American dream. — Doris Haddock He did poorly, but in (all) fairness [=to be fair to him], he was tired.

First Known Use of fairness

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Fairness.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fairness. Accessed 22 November 2019.

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not agreeing with established beliefs

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