Fairness - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈfernəs|  American pronunciation of the word fairness
Brit.  |ˈfɛːnəs|  British pronunciation of the word fairness


- conformity with rules or standards(syn: equity)

the judge recognized the fairness of my claim

- ability to make judgments free from discrimination or dishonesty (syn: candor, candour, fair-mindedness)
- the property of having a naturally light complexion (syn: blondness, paleness)
- the quality of being good looking and attractive (syn: beauteousness, comeliness, loveliness)


That's a fair question, and it deserves an honest reply.

He is known as a very fair man.

I try to be fair to my children.

He claims that the competition wasn't fair.

It's not fair that she gets to leave early and I don't.

a bargain that is fair to everyone

“What a bad movie!” “Be fair! Parts of it are actually pretty funny.”

I can't say I liked the movie, but, to be fair, parts of it are pretty funny.

She did poorly on the test, but, to be fair, so did a lot of other people.

“I have a good relationship with both Eddie and David. I think they've been fair to me."

...we expect everyone on this basketball court to play fair...

...it fair takes your breath away when you find out what properties in London are going for...

the basic fairness of the judicial system

In all fairness I don't see how this is important.

the judge recognized the fairness of my claim

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