fairness

[fair-nis]
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noun
  1. 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.
  2. 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

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Word Origin and History for fairness
n.

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

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