[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. fairing,
  2. fairish,
  3. fairlead,
  4. fairly,
  5. fairmont,
  6. fairness doctrine,
  7. fairview,
  8. fairview heights,
  9. fairview park,
  10. fairway

Origin of fairness

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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