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adjective fair pronunciation in American English /fer/ 
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adjectivefair
comparativefairer
superlativefairest
  1. 1
    if a situation is fair, everyone is treated equally and in a reasonable way

    Life is not always fair.

    Everyone has a right to a fair trial.

    free and fair elections

    it is not fair to someone:

    It wouldn't be fair to the others if she is paid more.

    1. a.
      a fair person treats everyone equally and in a reasonable way

      Teachers have to be scrupulously fair in grading test papers.

  2. 2
    reasonable and morally right
    a fair deal/price/share:

    We aim to provide healthy food at fair prices.

    it is (not) fair to do something:

    It is not fair to attack his personal life in this way.

  3. 3
    not bad but not very good

    His knowledge of Russian is very good though his Japanese is only fair.

  4. 6
    a fair guess or idea is reasonable and likely to be correct
    have a fair idea of something:

    I had a fair idea of what he was going to say next.

  5. 8
    [only before noun] used for emphasizing that an amount, size, number, etc. is large

    By this time she had saved up a fair amount of money.

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