- Fairly is defined as moderately.
An example of fairly is to describe a specific shot in basketball as fairly difficult.
- The definition of fairly is something that is done justly or evenly.
An example of fairly is when a divorce settles property ownership by splitting it fifty-fifty.
- justly; equitably
- moderately; somewhat: fairly hot
- clearly; distinctly
- virtually; in effect: he fairly flew across the room
Origin of fairlyME: see fair and -ly
- a. In a fair or just manner; equitably.b. Legitimately; suitably.
- Clearly; distinctly.
- Actually; fully: The walls fairly shook with their bellowing.
- a. Moderately; rather: a fairly good dinner.b. To a reasonable degree: I was fairly sure that I would go to the party.
- Obsolete a. Gently.b. Courteously.
(comparative more fairly, superlative most fairly)
- In a fair manner; clearly; openly; plainly; fully; distinctly; frankly.
- A jury is expected to ensure that the accused is fairly judged.
- Favorably; auspiciously; commodiously.
- a town fairly situated for foreign trade
- Honestly; properly.
- Consumer laws aim to have consumers fairly treated.
- Softly; quietly; gently.
- Partly, not fully; somewhat.
- The weather this weekend will be fairly dry.
- This is a non-descriptive qualifier, similar to quite and rather and somewhat, and some other degree adverbs. Used where a plain adjective needs to be modified, but cannot be qualified. When spoken, the meaning can vary with the tone of voice and stress. He was fairly' big can mean anything from "not exactly small" to "almost huge".
fair + -ly