fairly

When you do something fairly, you treat everyone with equal consideration. Sharing a pizza fairly between six people is easy: just give each person one slice.

A teacher who doesn't treat all students fairly isn't a very good teacher — and a police officer who doesn't act fairly toward all citizens is also doing a poor job. When you behave fairly, you're unbiased and impartial, and you follow the rules. You can also use this adverb to mean "to a large degree" or "reasonably." For example, you could say, "I'm fairly certain that it's going to snow again tomorrow."

Primary Meanings of fairly

1.
adv
without favoring one party, in a fair evenhanded manner
2.
adv
to a moderately sufficient extent or degree
Full Definitions of fairly
1

adv without favoring one party, in a fair evenhanded manner

“deal fairly with one another”
Synonyms:
evenhandedly, fair

adv in conformity with the rules or laws and without fraud or cheating

“they played fairly
Synonyms:
clean, fair
Antonyms:
below the belt, unfairly
in an unfair manner
2

adv to a moderately sufficient extent or degree

“he is fairly clever with computers”
Synonyms:
jolly, middling, moderately, passably, pretty, reasonably, somewhat
Antonyms:
immoderately, unreasonably
to a degree that exceeds the bounds or reason or moderation

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