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adjective fair pronunciation in British English /feə(r)/
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  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 marking examination papers.
  2. 2
    reasonable and morally right
    a fair wage/deal/price: 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
    [only before noun] used for emphasizing that an amount, size, number etc is large
    We walked 3 miles to school, which is a fair distance.
  4. 4
    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. 7
    not bad but not very good
    His knowledge of Russian is very good though his Japanese is only fair.
  6. 8
    literary beautiful



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