- in a fair manner; justly or honestly; impartially.
- moderately; tolerably: a fairly heavy rain.
- properly; legitimately: a claim fairly made.
- clearly; distinctly: fairly seen.
- Chiefly Southern U.S.
- actually; completely: The wheels fairly spun.
- almost; practically: He slipped off the roof and fairly broke his neck.
- Obsolete. softly.
- Obsolete. courteously.
Origin of fairly
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Examples from the Web for fairly
These were conversations that took a fairly grim twist pretty quickly.I Tried to Warn You About Sleazy Billionaire Jeffrey Epstein in 2003
January 7, 2015
We were barely into the appetizer when he asked a fairly basic question—where did my family live?Everyone at This Dinner Party Has Lost Someone
January 6, 2015
Yes, it was a fairly disappointing year in music—one devoid of Goth teen prodigies, Yeezy, and galvanizing rock anthems.The 14 Best Songs of 2014: Bobby Shmurda, Future Islands, Drake, and More
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Nothing will work sensibly, or fairly, until human responsibility is restored as the activating force for all public choices.Red Tape Is Strangling Good Samaritans
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December 27, 2014
At this point, the female rapper comes across as fairly sympathetic—that is, until Azealia Banks grabs the mic.Solange Smacks Jay Z, Legolas Slaps Bieber, and the Biggest Celebrity Feuds of the Year
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And there was the wench too—he had fairly forgotten her name.
It was trusted often, was in attendance on the Emperor, and was fairly well paid.
There is no height to which you may not fairly rise in this country.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
And yet in the end Pop was able to muster a fairly good imitation of a frown.Way of the Lawless
He could not go until he saw Mark fairly started on the way of recovery.Weighed and Wanting
- (not used with a negative) moderately
- as deserved; justly
- (not used with a negative) positively; absolutelythe hall fairly rang with applause
- archaic clearly
- obsolete courteously
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Word Origin and History for fairly
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