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pronunciation:
feIr
parts of speech:
adjective, adverb
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part of speech: adjective
inflections: fairer, fairest
definition 1: without bias, or without allowing a greater advantage for one side over another; just.
Because she was a good friend of one of the contestants, she felt she could not be a fair judge of the competition.It's not fair that he can go and I have to stay here.
synonyms:
impartial, just, unbiased, unprejudiced
antonyms:
biased, inequitable, unfair, unjust, wrongful
similar words:
candid, clean, disinterested, dispassionate, equitable, even, evenhanded, honest, objective, right, square, valid
definition 2: just or reasonable in actions or decisions that affect others.
The judge tries hard to be fair in his decisions.My parents were usually fair with me, but I thought they were being unreasonable at the time.
synonyms:
just, reasonable
similar words:
conscientious, level-headed, moral
definition 3: according to the rules; legitimate.
Let's argue the matter in a fair debate.That kind of punch is not allowed in a fair fight.
synonyms:
clean, legitimate, proper, right
antonyms:
unfair
similar words:
aboveboard, safe, valid
definition 4: just or justified, deserved.
I shouldn't be upset because I know it was a fair criticism.It wasn't fair that he received so harsh a punishment for such a petty crime.
synonyms:
just, justified, legitimate, merited, warranted
definition 5: acceptable or reasonable.
I had to admit it was a fair argument, and I was beginning to be convinced.Do you think five hundred is a fair price?
similar words:
legitimate
definition 6: pleasing to the eye; lovely.
Many suitors vied for the hand of the fair princess.
synonyms:
beauteous, beautiful, comely, lovely, pretty
antonyms:
ugly, unattractive
similar words:
attractive, good-looking, seemly, well-favored
definition 7: free from rain, snow, and storms; clear.
We can take the boat out if the weather is fair.
synonyms:
clear, clement, mild
antonyms:
foul, inclement
similar words:
bright, cloudless, pleasant, sunny
definition 8: only moderately good; acceptable.
His chances of surviving are fair.The food is fair in the cafeteria, but not great.Your grades are fair, but I know you can do better.
synonyms:
average, decent, tolerable
similar words:
acceptable, adequate, indifferent, mediocre, middling, moderate, OK, ordinary, passable, so-so
definition 9: of a light tone.
People with fair skin are more likely to get a sunburn.Her light brown hair becomes quite fair in the summertime.
synonyms:
light, pale
antonyms:
dark
similar words:
blond, blonde
definition 10: in baseball, designating a batted ball that lands inside the playing area.
At first, the ball looked like it was going to be fair, but it landed in foul territory.
antonyms:
foul
similar words:
in
definition 11: relatively large; substantial.
A fair number of people attended the performance.He'd had a fair amount to drink.
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part of speech: adverb
inflections: fairer, fairest
definition: in a just manner; fairly.
I don't think you're acting fair in this case.
synonyms:
fairly
similar words:
honestly, justly, legitimately, properly, rightly
derivation: fairness (n.)
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