fair Definition

  • 1treating people equally without favouritism or discrimination
  • 2reasonable and just
  • 3pleasing in appearance or light in colour

Using fair: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "fair" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The company has a fair hiring policy.

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    It's only fair that everyone gets a chance to speak.

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    The judge made a fair decision based on the evidence presented.

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    She has fair skin and blonde hair.

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    The fair weather made for a great day at the park.

fair Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for fair

Phrases with fair

  • something or someone that is considered a legitimate target or subject for criticism, attack, or exploitation


    Politicians are always fair game for comedians.

  • in an honest and straightforward manner


    We won the game fair and square.

  • fair play

    behaviour that is honest and sportsmanlike


    He was praised for his fair play on the field.

Origins of fair

from Old English 'fæger', meaning 'beautiful, pleasant'


Summary: fair in Brief

The term 'fair' [feər] refers to treating people equally without bias, being reasonable and just, or having pleasing appearance or light color. It can be used to describe policies, decisions, or physical characteristics, as in 'The company has a fair hiring policy,' 'The judge made a fair decision,' or 'She has fair skin and blonde hair.' 'Fair' also appears in phrases like 'fair game,' meaning a legitimate target, and 'fair and square,' meaning honestly and straightforwardly.

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