- Fairness is defined as just and reasonable treatment in accordance with accepted rules or principles.
Treating all people equally and applying reasonable punishments only when rules are broken is an example of fairness.
- The property of being fair.
- In fairness, I should have asked before I borrowed your car.
fair +"Ž -ness
Variant of fair
- attractive; beautiful; lovely
- unblemished; clean: a fair name
Origin of fair< notion that light coloring was desirable light in color; blond: fair hair
- clear and sunny; free from storm or the threat of storm
- easy to read; clear: a fair hand
- just and honest; impartial; unprejudiced; specif., free from discrimination based on race, religion, sex, etc.: fair employment practices, fair housing
- according to the rules: a fair blow
- likely; promising; advantageous: he is in a fair way to make money
- pleasant and courteous
- favorable; helpful: a fair wind
- of moderately good size: a fair fortune
- neither very bad nor very good; average: in fair condition
- apparently favorable but really false; specious: fair words
- Archaic without obstacles; clear and open: a fair road
- Baseball of or having to do with the part of the field on or between the foul lines, including home plate
Origin of fairMiddle English ; from Old English fæger, akin to fain, Gothic fagrs, apt, fit ; from Indo-European base an unverified form pek-, to be content, make (something) pretty from source Lithuanian púošiu, to ornament
- Obsolete beauty
- Archaic a woman
- Archaic something fair, or good
- in a fair manner
- straight; squarely: struck fair in the face
- Baseball in or into the part of the field that is on or between the foul lines, including home plate
fair and square
fair to middling