fair·​ness ˈfer-nəs How to pronounce fairness (audio)
: 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 fairnessJesse 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.

Examples of fairness in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Read full article Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Charlaine F. Olmedo handed down the sentence to the 47-year-old Masterson after hearing statements from the women, and pleas for fairness from defense attorneys. Andrew Dalton, BostonGlobe.com, 7 Sep. 2023 Midwest Michael Don’t Lie: The main issue here appears to be closure, not fairness. Haben Kelati, Washington Post, 6 Sep. 2023 Press spokesmen for several Republican officeholders on the redistricting commission did not respond to requests for comment on the maps’ fairness. Sabrina Eaton, cleveland, 2 Sep. 2023 Sylvester points to his handling of the Senate process in developing trial rules as an example of his fairness. Gromer Jeffers Jr., Dallas News, 29 Aug. 2023 The city should move forward based on the bids received in fairness to all responders. Phillip Molnar, San Diego Union-Tribune, 18 Aug. 2023 Participants discussed ways to make data flow better and improve the fairness of AI models. Casey Ross, STAT, 15 Aug. 2023 The fairness of college athletes being compensated for their name, image and likeness. COVID-19's link to Chinese scientists. Marcus K. Dowling, USA TODAY, 25 Aug. 2023 In truth, these bills do nothing to promote fairness, protection, or safety for girls and women. Joanna Hoffman, SELF, 24 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of fairness was before the 12th century

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“Fairness.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fairness. Accessed 24 Sep. 2023.

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