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fair 1

adj. fair·er, fair·est
1. Of pleasing appearance, especially because of a pure or fresh quality; comely.
a. Light in color, especially blond: fair hair.
b. Of light complexion: fair skin.
3. Free of clouds or storms; clear and sunny: fair skies.
4. Free of blemishes or stains; clean and pure: one's fair name.
5. Promising; likely: We're in a fair way to succeed.
a. Having or exhibiting a disposition that is free of favoritism or bias; impartial: a fair mediator.
b. Just to all parties; equitable: a compromise that is fair to both factions.
7. Being in accordance with relative merit or significance: She wanted to receive her fair share of the proceeds.
8. Consistent with rules, logic, or ethics: a fair tactic.
9. Moderately good; acceptable or satisfactory: gave only a fair performance of the play; in fair health.
10. Superficially true or appealing; specious: Don't trust his fair promises.
11. Lawful to hunt or attack: fair game.
12. Archaic Free of all obstacles.
1. In a proper or legal manner: playing fair.
2. Directly; straight: a blow caught fair in the stomach.
tr.v. faired, fair·ing, fairs
To join (pieces) so as to be smooth, even, or regular: faired the aircraft's wing into the fuselage.
1. Archaic A beautiful or beloved woman.
2. Obsolete Loveliness; beauty.
Phrasal Verb:
fair off (or up)
Chiefly Southern US To become clear. Used of weather.
fair and square
Just and honest.
for fair
To the greatest or fullest extent possible: Our team was beaten for fair in that tournament.
no fair
Something contrary to the rules: That was no fair.

[Middle English, from Old English fæger, lovely, pleasant.]

fair′ness n.
Synonyms: fair1, just1, equitable, impartial, unprejudiced, unbiased, objective
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.
Our Living Language American folk speech puts Standard English to shame in its wealth of words for describing weather conditions. When the weather goes from fair to cloudy, New Englanders say that it's "breedin' up a storm" (Maine informant in the Linguistic Atlas of New England). If the weather is clear, however, a New Englander might call it open. Southern fair off and fair up, meaning "to become clear," were originally Northeastern terms and were brought to the South as settlement expanded southward and westward. They are now "regionalized to the South," according to Craig M. Carver, author of American Regional Dialects. These phrases may have prompted the coining of milding and milding down, noted respectively in Texas and Virginia by the Dictionary of American Regional English.

fair 2

1. A gathering held at a specified time and place for the buying and selling of goods; a market.
2. An exhibition, as of farm products or manufactured goods, usually accompanied by various competitions and entertainments: a state fair.
3. An exhibition intended to inform people about a product or business opportunity: a computer fair; a job fair.
4. An event, usually for the benefit of a charity or public institution, including entertainment and the sale of goods; a bazaar: a church fair.

[Middle English faire, from Old French feire, from Late Latin fēria, sing. of Latin fēriae, holidays; see dhēs- in Indo-European roots.]



a cat may look at a king Even an inferior has certain rights in the presence of a superior. This proverb, which dates from 1562, was used by Robert Greene in Never Too Late (1590):

A cat may look at a King, and a swain’s eye has as high a reach as a lord’s look.

even break An equal or fair chance; no advantage or handicap; as much or little chance as the next person. Of American origin, this colloquial expression may derive from the custom whereby opponents break a stick to determine who will have the advantage in a given situation. The long end is the preferable portion; the short goes to the loser. However, if the break is even, neither party has an advantage—each party has an equal chance. Even break dates from the early part of this century.

The chances in the “quartermile” seem to give the Americans only an even break for a first place. (Daily Express, July 11, 1928)

every dog has his day Just as “the meek shall inherit the earth,” everyone will come into a period of power or influence. This proverbial expression dates from the time of the Greek poet Pindar in the 5th century B.C.

Thus every dog at last will have his day—
He who this morning smiled, at night may sorrow;
The grub today’s a butterfly tomorrow.
(Odes of Condolence)

fair shake Just, equitable, unbiased treatment; an even break. In this expression, shake refers to a throw of the dice. Unscrupulous gamblers often use shaved or loaded dice to increase their chances of winning. A fair shake implies that no cheating or other undue influence has been employed to affect a situation, and that the situation has been resolved justly.

a place in the sun See FAME.

ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.fairness - conformity with rules or standardsfairness - conformity with rules or standards; "the judge recognized the fairness of my claim"
non-discrimination - fairness in treating people without prejudice
sportsmanship - fairness in following the rules of the game
justice, justness - the quality of being just or fair
inequity, unfairness - injustice by virtue of not conforming with rules or standards
2.fairness - ability to make judgments free from discrimination or dishonesty
impartiality, nonpartisanship - an inclination to weigh both views or opinions equally
unfairness - partiality that is not fair or equitable
3.fairness - the property of having a naturally light complexionfairness - the property of having a naturally light complexion
complexion, skin color, skin colour - the coloring of a person's face
4.fairness - the quality of being good looking and attractivefairness - the quality of being good looking and attractive
beauty - the qualities that give pleasure to the senses


noun impartiality, justice, equity, legitimacy, decency, disinterestedness, uprightness, rightfulness, equitableness concern about the fairness of the election campaign
"One should always play fairly when one has the winning cards" [Oscar Wilde An Ideal Husband]


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[ˈfɛənɪs] N
1. (= justice) → justicia f; (= impartiality) → imparcialidad f
in all fairness (= truth to tell) → a decir verdad, en honor a la verdad; (= to be fair) → para ser justo
in all fairness, he had to admit that she had a pointpara ser justo con ella, tenía que reconocer que llevaba algo de razón
in (all) fairness to himpara ser justo con él
2. (= paleness) [of hair, person] → lo rubio; [of complexion, skin] → blancura f
3. (liter) (= beauty) → belleza f, hermosura f
La Fairness Doctrine (Doctrina de la Imparcialidad) es un principio llevado a la práctica en Estados Unidos por la Federal Communications Commission o FCC por el que, cuando se trata de noticias importantes de carácter local o nacional, la radio y la televisión deben ofrecer los distintos puntos de vista de forma equilibrada. Este principio, establecido por la FCC en 1949 con el apoyo del Congreso, no tiene carácter de ley y cuenta entre sus atribuciones con el control equitativo del tiempo en los espacios electorales dedicados a cada uno de los líderes políticos en campaña. También se utilizó en 1967 en la lucha antitabaco, cuando la FCC estableció que los fabricantes debían dejar claro en sus anuncios los peligros del tabaco, aunque hoy día la Fairness Doctrine ya ha dejado prácticamente de tener influencia en publicidad.


[ˈfɛərnɪs] n (= justness) [decision, trial, verdict] → équité f; [competition, contest] → impartialité f; [treatment] → équité f; [person] → sens m de la justice
in fairness, in all fairness → en toute justiceFairness Doctrine n (US)principe m de l'impartialitéfair play nfair-play m invfair sex fairer sex nbeau sexe mfair-sized [ˌfɛərˈsaɪzd] adjassez grand(e)fair-skinned [ˌfɛərˈskɪnd] adj (with pale skin)à la peau clairefairly-traded [ˌfɛərliˈtreɪdɪd] adv [product, coffee, chocolate] → issu(e) du commerce équitable, équitablefair trade
modif [product, coffee, chocolate] → issu(e) du commerce équitable, équitable


(= justice)Gerechtigkeit f, → Fairness f; in all fairnessgerechterweise, fairerweise; in (all) fairness to him we should waitwir sollten so fair sein und noch warten
(= lightness, of hair) → Blondheit f; the fairness of her skinihre Hellhäutigkeit


[ˈfɛənɪs] n
a.onestà, equità, giustizia; (of decision) → imparzialità
in all fairness → per essere giusti, a dire il vero
in (all) fairness to him → per essere giusti nei suoi confronti
b. (of hair, skin) → chiarezza


(feə) adjective
1. light-coloured; with light-coloured hair and skin. fair hair; Scandinavian people are often fair.
2. just; not favouring one side. a fair test.
3. (of weather) fine; without rain. a fair afternoon.
4. quite good; neither bad nor good. Her work is only fair.
5. quite big, long etc. a fair size.
6. beautiful. a fair maiden.
ˈfairness noun
ˈfairly adverb
1. justly; honestly. fairly judged.
2. quite or rather. The work was fairly hard.
fair play
honest treatment; an absence of cheating, biased actions etc. He's not involved in the contest – he's only here to see fair play.


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