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These adjectives mean free from favoritism, self-interest, or preference in judgment. Fair is the most general: a fair referee; a fair deal. Just stresses conformity with what is legally or ethically right or proper: "a just and lasting peace" (Abraham Lincoln).
Equitable implies justice dictated by reason, conscience, and a natural sense of what is fair: an equitable distribution of gifts among the children. Impartial emphasizes lack of favoritism: "the cold neutrality of an impartial judge" (Edmund Burke).
Unprejudiced means without preconceived opinions or judgments: an unprejudiced evaluation of the proposal. Unbiased implies absence of a preference or partiality: gave an unbiased account of her family problems. Objective implies detachment that permits impersonal observation and judgment: an objective jury. See Also Synonyms at average, beautiful.
adv. fair•er, fair•est.
In British English, a fair is an event held in a park or field at which people pay to ride on various machines for amusement or try to win prizes in games.
In American English, an event like this is called a carnival.
In British English, a carnival is an outdoor public festival which is held every year in a particular place. During a carnival, music is played and people sometimes dance in the streets.
You say that behaviour or a decision is fair when it is reasonable, right, or just.
Don't use 'fair' as an adverb, except in the expression play fair. If you want to say that something is done in a reasonable or just way, the word you use is fairly.
Fairly also has a completely different meaning. It means 'to quite a large degree'.
Don't use 'fairly' in front of a comparative form. Don't say, for example, 'The train is fairly quicker than the bus'. In conversation and less formal writing, you say 'The train is a bit quicker than the bus'.
In more formal writing, you use rather or somewhat.
Many other words and expressions can be used to show degree.
These words are both pronounced
Fair can be an adjective or a noun. If something is fair, it is reasonable, right, or just.
If someone is fair or has fair hair, they have light coloured hair.
A fair is an event held in a park or field for people's amusement.
Your fare is the money you pay for a journey by bus, taxi, train, boat, or plane.
Past participle: faired
|Noun||1.||fair - a traveling show; having sideshows and rides and games of skill etc.|
show - the act of publicly exhibiting or entertaining; "a remarkable show of skill"
midway - the place at a fair or carnival where sideshows and similar amusements are located
|2.||fair - gathering of producers to promote business; "world fair"; "trade fair"; "book fair"|
|3.||fair - a competitive exhibition of farm products; "she won a blue ribbon for her baking at the county fair"|
|4.||fair - a sale of miscellany; often for charity; "the church bazaar"|
cut-rate sale, sales event, sale - an occasion (usually brief) for buying at specially reduced prices; "they held a sale to reduce their inventory"; "I got some great bargains at their annual sale"
book fair, bookfair - bazaar at which books are sold or auctioned off in order to raise funds for a worthy cause
craft fair - a fair at which objects made by craftsmen are offered for sale
|Verb||1.||fair - join so that the external surfaces blend smoothly|
|Adj.||1.||fair - free from favoritism or self-interest or bias or deception; conforming with established standards or rules; "a fair referee"; "fair deal"; "on a fair footing"; "a fair fight"; "by fair means or foul"|
just - used especially of what is legally or ethically right or proper or fitting; "a just and lasting peace"- A.Lincoln; "a kind and just man"; "a just reward"; "his just inheritance"
impartial - showing lack of favoritism; "the cold neutrality of an impartial judge"
|2.||fair - not excessive or extreme; "a fairish income"; "reasonable prices"|
moderate - being within reasonable or average limits; not excessive or extreme; "moderate prices"; "a moderate income"; "a moderate fine"; "moderate demands"; "a moderate estimate"; "a moderate eater"; "moderate success"; "a kitchen of moderate size"; "the X-ray showed moderate enlargement of the heart"
|3.||fair - very pleasing to the eye; "my bonny lass"; "there's a bonny bay beyond"; "a comely face"; "young fair maidens"|
beautiful - delighting the senses or exciting intellectual or emotional admiration; "a beautiful child"; "beautiful country"; "a beautiful painting"; "a beautiful theory"; "a beautiful party"
|4.||fair - (of a baseball) hit between the foul lines; "he hit a fair ball over the third base bag"|
baseball, baseball game - a ball game played with a bat and ball between two teams of nine players; teams take turns at bat trying to score runs; "he played baseball in high school"; "there was a baseball game on every empty lot"; "there was a desire for National League ball in the area"; "play ball!"
foul - (of a baseball) not hit between the foul lines
|5.||fair - lacking exceptional quality or ability; "a novel of average merit"; "only a fair performance of the sonata"; "in fair health"; "the caliber of the students has gone from mediocre to above average"; "the performance was middling at best"|
ordinary - not exceptional in any way especially in quality or ability or size or degree; "ordinary everyday objects"; "ordinary decency"; "an ordinary day"; "an ordinary wine"
|6.||fair - attractively feminine; "the fair sex"|
feminine - associated with women and not with men; "feminine intuition"
|7.||fair - (of a manuscript) having few alterations or corrections; "fair copy"; "a clean manuscript"|
legible - (of handwriting, print, etc.) capable of being read or deciphered; "legible handwriting"
|8.||fair - gained or earned without cheating or stealing; "an honest wage"; "an fair penny"|
|9.||fair - free of clouds or rain; "today will be fair and warm"|
clear - free from clouds or mist or haze; "on a clear day"
|10.||fair - (used of hair or skin) pale or light-colored; "a fair complexion";|
|Adv.||1.||fair - in conformity with the rules or laws and without fraud or cheating; "they played fairly"|
|2.||fair - without favoring one party, in a fair evenhanded manner; "deal fairly with one another"|
unbiased unfair, one-sided, prejudiced, biased, partial, partisan, unjust, dishonest, discriminatory, bigoted, inequitable, bad
that's fair comment → ésa es una observación razonable or válida
it's not fair! → ¡no es justo!, ¡no hay derecho!
it's not fair to expect you to wash up → no es justo pretender que friegues
it's fair to say that → es cierto que ..., lo cierto es que ...
be fair, darling, it's not their fault → sé justo or razonable, cariño, no es culpa suya
to be fair (= truth to tell) → a decir verdad ..., en honor a la verdad ...; (= not to be unjust) → para ser justo ...
fair enough! → ¡vale!, ¡muy bien!
fair's fair, it's my turn now → vale ya or ya basta, ahora me toca a mí
fair game (fig) → blanco m legítimo
it's not fair on the old → es injusto or no es justo para (con) los ancianos
it's only fair that → lo más justo sería que ...
as is only fair → como es justo
fair play (in game) → juego m limpio
sense of fair play (fig) → sentido m de la justicia
she's had more than her fair share of problems in life → ha pasado mucho or lo suyo en la vida
they are not paying their fair share → no están pagando la cantidad que les corresponde or que les toca
to be fair to sb → ser justo con algn
that's not true, you're not being fair to him → eso no es verdad, no estás siendo justo con él
fair trade → comercio m equitativo
by fair means or foul → por las buenas o por las malas
all's fair in love and war → todo vale en el amor y la guerra
she has a fair chance → tiene bastantes posibilidades
you've got to give him a fair chance → le tienes que dar una oportunidad con todas las de la ley
I have a fair idea of what to expect → sé más o menos qué esperar
fair to middling → regular
"how are you?" - "fair to middling" → -¿qué tal estás? -regular
he's been given fair warning → no puede decir que no se le ha avisado
a fair amount of → bastante
this happens in a fair number of cases → esto sucede en bastantes casos
we've still got a fair way to go → aún nos queda un buen trecho que recorrer
if it's fair tomorrow → si hace buen tiempo mañana
fair copy → copia f en limpio
to make a fair copy of sth → hacer una copia en limpio de algo, pasar algo en limpio
his legal career seemed set fair → su carrera como abogado parecía tener el éxito asegurado
in fair weather or foul (referring to present, future) → haga bueno o malo; (referring to past) → hiciera bueno o malo
to play fair → jugar limpio
to win fair and square → ganar con todas las de la ley
it hit the target fair and square → dio justo en el centro del blanco
fair2 [fɛəʳ] N
antiques/craft fair → feria f de antigüedades/artesanía
book fair → feria f del libro
see also trade D
it's not fair! → ce n'est pas juste!
That's not fair → Ce n'est pas juste.
it's fair to say (that) ... → on peut dire que ...
to be fair, ... → il faut dire que ...
fair enough! → bon, d'accord!
a fair amount
a fair amount of → pas mal de
They travel a fair amount → Ils voyagent pas mal.
a fair distance
That's a fair distance → Ça représente une distance considérable.
a fair distance away → assez loin
a fair bit
a fair bit of time → pas mal de temps
They travel a fair bit → Ils voyagent pas mal.
I have a fair chance of winning → J'ai d'assez bonnes chances de gagner.
I have a fair idea of who ... → je crois bien savoir qui ...
it's a fair guess to say that ... → on peut dire sans trop s'avancer que ...
it's not fair! → non è giusto!
to be fair (to her) ... → per essere giusti (nei suoi confronti)...
it's only fair that ... → è più che giusto che...
it's fair to say that ... → bisogna riconoscere che...
fair enough! → d'accordo!, va bene!
by fair means or foul → con ogni mezzo
his fair share of → la sua buona parte di
he has a fair chance or hope of success → ha buone probabilità di riuscire
a fair amount of → un bel po' di
to act/win fair and square → agire/vincere onestamente
the ball hit me fair and square in the face → la palla mi ha colpito in piena faccia