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[fair-nis] /ˈfɛər nɪs/
the state, condition, or quality of being fair, or free from bias or injustice; evenhandedness:
I have to admit, in all fairness, that she would only be paid for part of the work.
the quality of being light of hair or complexion:
She was proud of the fairness of her skin, and never went out without a parasol and gloves.
Origin of fairness
fair1 + -ness Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Maisie's sense of fairness hereupon interposed for her visitor.

    What Maisie Knew Henry James
  • And the condition itself is a ridiculous one—no fairness about it.

  • The kindness with which they treated the Indians, and the fairness with which they traded with them, won confidence.

    King Philip John S. C. (John Stevens Cabot) Abbott
  • Now here is Holbein's ideal of that fairness; here is his "Church as the Bride."

    Ariadne Florentina John Ruskin
  • Colonel Dodge was in familiar contact with Indians for more than thirty years, and writes with fairness and discrimination.

Word Origin and History for fairness

Old English fægernes "beauty;" see fair (adj.) + -ness. Meaning "evenhandedness" is from mid-15c.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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