Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adv. In a fair or just manner; equitably.
  • adv. Legitimately; suitably.
  • adv. Clearly; distinctly.
  • adv. Actually; fully: The walls fairly shook with their bellowing.
  • adv. Moderately; rather: a fairly good dinner.
  • adv. To a reasonable degree: I was fairly sure that I would go to the party.
  • adv. Obsolete Gently.
  • adv. Obsolete Courteously.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adv. In a fair manner; clearly; openly; plainly; fully; distinctly; frankly.
  • adv. Favorably; auspiciously; commodiously; as, a town fairly situated for foreign trade.
  • adv. Honestly; properly.
  • adv. Softly; quietly; gently.
  • adv. partly, not fully; somewhat

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. In a fair manner; clearly; openly; plainly; fully; distinctly; frankly.
  • adv. Favorably; auspiciously; commodiously.
  • adv. Honestly; properly.
  • adv. Softly; quietly; gently.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In a fair manner.
  • Honestly; justly; equitably; honorably.
  • Fully; clearly; distinctly.
  • Reasonably; moderately; measurably; considerably.
  • Absolutely; positively; actually; completely: an intensive or emphatic word: as, I am fairly worn out; the wheels fairly spun.
  • Softly; gently.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. without favoring one party, in a fair evenhanded manner
  • adv. to a moderately sufficient extent or degree
  • adv. in conformity with the rules or laws and without fraud or cheating

Etymologies

fair +‎ -ly (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • However, that is not what the term fairly valued means.

    Forbes.com: News

  • I mentioned the word fairly early in a conversation at his home in Princeton, N.J.

    Michael Graves

  • "Bloody Eyes" the Turkomans named Skobeleff, and the title fairly indicated his ruthless lust for blood.

    Historic Tales, Vol. 8 (of 15) The Romance of Reality

  • Or, still more so, the hocus-pocus in mathematical form, by means of which Spinoza has, as it were, clad his philosophy in mail and mask -- in fact, the "love of HIS wisdom," to translate the term fairly and squarely -- in order thereby to strike terror at once into the heart of the assailant who should dare to cast a glance on that invincible maiden, that Pallas

    Beyond Good and Evil

  • IMF Chief Economist Olivier Blanchard said world economic growth is projected to be about 4.5 percent this year and next, which he characterized as a "fairly high" growth rate.

    IMF: Global Economy Growing But Faces Risks

  • If the P/E 10 falls between 12 and 20, or what he terms "fairly valued," increase that rate by 0.5% to 5%.

    How Much Is Too Much?

  • WOLF BLITZER, CNN ANCHOR: Happening now, Bill Clinton retells what he called a fairly tale.

    CNN Transcript Jan 11, 2008

  • Marines could retake Fallujah in what they call fairly short order if those insurgent do not disarm.

    CNN Transcript Apr 19, 2004

  • A little concerned about the doctor's use of the word "fairly," the man asks, "Do you think I'll live to be 80?"

    The Full Feed from HuffingtonPost.com

  • Houldin says the main fear is that the fierce winds will topple trees and damage what he calls a fairly affluent community with large houses.

    NPR Topics: News

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