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

  • adj. Suitable or used only during fair weather: fair-weather hiking gear.
  • adj. Present and dependable only in good times: fair-weather friends.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Suitable for use only during fair weather
  • adj. Dependable only in the absence of trouble.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Made or done in pleasant weather, or in circumstances involving but little exposure or sacrifice.
  • adj. Appearing only when times or circumstances are prosperous.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Existing or done in or fitted for only pleasant weather; hence, figuratively, appearing in or suited to only favorable circumstances; not capable of withstanding or outliving opposition or adversity: as, a fair-weather voyage; fair-weather friends or Christians; fair-weather kindness.

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