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fair

adjective

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(Entry 1 of 3)

1 not stormy or cloudy
  • we prayed for fair weather during our vacation at the beach

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2 marked by justice, honesty, and freedom from bias
  • a commanding officer who enjoyed the respect of his soldiers because his decisions were always fair

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3 following or according to the rules
  • a hockey player who is respected for his fair play

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4 of light complexion
  • fair people tend to sunburn easily

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5 having qualities which inspire hope
  • as long as the team keeps playing as hard as they can, they have a fair chance of winning—no matter what the scoreboard says

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6 of a pale yellow or yellowish brown color
  • the abundance of people with fair hair in Scandinavia

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8 very pleasing to look at
  • generally considered the fairest girl in town, she had no lack of boyfriends

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10 being what is called for by accepted standards of right and wrong
  • most thought his dismissal was fair since he had been given many chances to clean up his act

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fair

noun

Synonyms of fair (Entry 2 of 3)

a public showing of objects of interest
  • a dazzling array of sleek cabin cruisers at the annual boat fair

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fair

adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms of fair (Entry 3 of 3)

1 according to the rules or the law
  • we expect everyone on this basketball court to play fair

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2 chiefly British very close to but not completely
  • it fair takes your breath away when you find out what properties in London are going for

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Frequently Asked Questions About fair

How does the adjective fair contrast with its synonyms?

Some common synonyms of fair are dispassionate, equitable, impartial, just, objective, and unbiased. While all these words mean "free from favor toward either or any side," fair implies a proper balance of conflicting interests.

a fair decision

When is dispassionate a more appropriate choice than fair?

The words dispassionate and fair can be used in similar contexts, but dispassionate suggests freedom from the influence of strong feeling and often implies cool or even cold judgment.

a dispassionate summation of the facts

How are the words equitable and just related as synonyms of fair?

Equitable implies a less rigorous standard than just and usually suggests equal treatment of all concerned.

the equitable distribution of the property

Where would impartial be a reasonable alternative to fair?

The meanings of impartial and fair largely overlap; however, impartial stresses an absence of favor or prejudice.

an impartial third party

When would just be a good substitute for fair?

The words just and fair are synonyms, but do differ in nuance. Specifically, just implies an exact following of a standard of what is right and proper.

a just settlement of territorial claims

In what contexts can objective take the place of fair?

While in some cases nearly identical to fair, objective stresses a tendency to view events or persons as apart from oneself and one's own interest or feelings.

I can't be objective about my own child

When can unbiased be used instead of fair?

In some situations, the words unbiased and fair are roughly equivalent. However, unbiased implies even more strongly an absence of all prejudice.

your unbiased opinion

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

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“Fair.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/fair. Accessed 18 Jan. 2022.

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