Definition of fairly in English:

fairly

Line breaks: fair¦ly
Pronunciation: /ˈfɛːli
 
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adverb

1With justice: he could not fairly be accused of wasting police time
More example sentences
  • Trade doesn't have to exploit the poor; done fairly, it can actually end poverty.
  • Yet we somehow find a way to compete fairly and still get along for the betterment of the team.
  • Would you trust this man to behave fairly, honestly, and ethically in his portfolio?
Synonyms
2 [usually as submodifier] To a moderately high degree: I was fairly certain she had nothing to do with the affair
More example sentences
  • Most of our fine police officers have a fairly large degree of discretion to use.
  • It's still fairly big and quite bulky but we're gradually getting there.
  • The demo came out really well; recorded fairly quickly, pretty much live and without too much fuss.
Synonyms
2.1Actually (used to emphasize something surprising or extreme): he fairly snarled at her
More example sentences
  • Uh Huh Her was written and recorded entirely in her Dorset home, and is a fairly extreme reaction to her previous work.
  • We're fairly surprised that Whitney and Bobby are now officially the tackiest couple of the year.
  • After what happened last time, I was fairly surprised that he stopped at all.
Synonyms
positively, really, veritably, simply, actually, absolutely, decidedly;
practically, almost, nearly, all but, to all intents and purposes
informal plain, plumb

Phrases

fairly and squarely

another term for fair and square (see fair1).

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