Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The property of being fair.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The state of being fair, or free form spots or stains, as of the skin; honesty, as of dealing; candor, as of an argument, etc.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The quality or character of being fair, in any sense of that word.

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

  • n. conformity with rules or standards
  • n. the quality of being good looking and attractive
  • n. ability to make judgments free from discrimination or dishonesty
  • n. the property of having a naturally light complexion

Etymologies

fair +‎ -ness (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Cabana's perspective on things, in fairness, is a symptom, not the disease itself.

    Archive 2009-11-01

  • CARL PALADINO: I NEVER ACCUSED ANDREW CUOMO OF HAVING AN AFFAIR - In an interview with the Buffalo News, the New York Republican gubernatorial candidate attempted to clear up a number of his inflamatory statenets: Paladino, speaking from his Buffalo office, said he has been subjected to so many questions about his personal life that he recently questioned whether the media, in fairness, is also posing personal questions to Cuomo ....

    HUFFPOST HILL - OCTOBER 1ST, 2010

  • Obama used the word fairness in his third State of the Union.

    Crooks and Liars

  • We'll show you why some are pushing for what they call fairness on the air.

    CNN Transcript Oct 21, 2009

  • He wanted to reduce the number of illegal aliens eligible for amnesty and to instill what he called fairness into the legislation.

    CNN Transcript Jun 28, 2007

  • FRAZIER: In Tallahassee 1,000 marchers gathered for what they called a fairness in democracy rally.

    CNN Transcript - Sunday Morning News: Bush Inauguration Marked by Protests - January 21, 2001

  • But Mr. Obama spent much of his talk in the Rose Garden making an impassioned plea for what he called fairness in taxation, on the premise that "middle-class families shouldn't pay higher taxes than millionaires and billionaires."

    NYT > Home Page

  • Democratic Rep. Joseph McNamara of Warwick has pre-filed legislation ahead of the start of the General Assembly in January that would bring what he calls "fairness, accuracy and truth" to the vehicle valuation process.

    The Seattle Times

  • America was pushed to this point by a rapidly-expanding national debt and a stressed-out entitlement system; in the center of this crisis is the President, who insists on expanding it even further, all in the name "fairness" and "social justice."

    Yahoo! News: Business - Opinion

  • So "fairness" is being measured in absolute terms, not relative terms?

    Economics vs. Populism, Arnold Kling | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty

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