fairfair1 /feə $ fer/ ●●●S1W2 adjective1reasonable and acceptableFAIR a fair situation, system, way of treating people, or judgment seems reasonable, acceptable, and rightOPP unfairAll we are asking for is a fair wage.£150 is a fair price.fair trial/hearingthe right to a fair trialWhat do you think is the fairest solution?The report is a fair summary of the issues facing us.it is fair to do somethingIt seems fair to give them a second chance.it’s only fair (that) (=used to say that it is right to do something)It’s only fair that we tell him what’s happening.it’s fair to say (that) (=used when you think what you are saying is correct or reasonable)It’s fair to say that by then he had lost the support of his staff.it’s not fair on somebodyI can’t carry on working such long hours. It’s not fair on my family.2treating everyone equallyFAIR treating everyone in a way that is right or equalOPP unfairWhy does Eric get to go and I don’t? It’s not fair!Life isn’t always fair.fair toThe old law wasn’t fair to women.it’s only fair (that)You pay him $10 an hour – it’s only fair that I should get the same.My boss expects a lot – but he’s very fair.3 →a fair size/amount/number/bit/distance etc4hair/skinCOLOUR/COLOR someone who is fair, or who has fair hair or skin, has hair or skin that is very light in colourOPP dark5according to the rulesRIGHT/JUSTIFIED a fair fight, game, or election is one that is played or done according to the rulesOPP unfair6level of abilityORDINARY neither particularly good nor particularly badSYN averageHer written work is excellent but her practical work is only fair.7weatherDNweather that is fair is pleasant and not windy, rainy etcSYN fineIt should be generally fair and warm for the next few days.8 →have had more than your fair share of something9 →give somebody a fair crack of the whip10 →give somebody/get a fair shake11 →by fair means or foul12 →all’s fair in love and war13pleasant/attractive old use or literaryNICEBEAUTIFUL/GOOD-LOOKING pleasant and attractivea fair maidenSPOKEN PHRASES14 →fair enough15 →to be fair16 →be fair!17 →fair’s fair18 →fair comment19 →you can’t say fairer than that20 →it’s a fair cop21 →with your own fair handsTHESAURUSfair treating people equally or in the way that is rightIt’s not fair that she gets paid more than me.Everyone has the right to a fair trial.just formal morally right and faira just punishmenta just causea just societyDo you think it was a just war?reasonable fair and sensible according to most people’s standardsa reasonable requestLateness, without a reasonable excuse, will not be tolerated.balanced giving fair and equal treatment to all sides of an argument or subjectBalanced reporting of the news is essential.even-handed giving fair and equal treatment to everyone, especially when it would be easy to favour one particular groupThe drama takes an even-handed look at the consequences of violent crime, both on attackers and their victims.The film is even-handed and does not try to make you support either side.equitable /ˈekwətəbəl/ formal giving equal treatment to everyone involvedWe need an equitable solution to this problem.a more equitable distribution of wealth
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fair• Jenny excels in science, but her grades in English are just fair.• Mrs. Anderson is strict but she's fair.• My grandfather used to say that life isn't always fair.• The old system of student funding seemed much fairer.• Both her children are very fair.• And yet this is hardly fair.• Wearing my competitionhat, I shall be happy to examine any evidence which suggests that competition is not fair.• Her husband should help take care of the baby - it's only fair.• Kelson has a reputation as a fair and compassionatejudge.• They also have an interest in sport that is seen to be clean, fair and exciting.• All observersnoted that the elections had been free and fair and that conduct had exceeded all expectations.• It should be generally fair and warm for at least the next three days.• But people demand a fairchance at justice as surely as they demand medical care.• Despite the discrimination they suffered, my grandparents remained fair, decent, good people.• Observers will be present to ensure a free and fair election.• The new government has promised to hold free and fair elections.• Julia has blue eyes and fair hair.• The taxlaw provides for a deduction of the fair market value of the work of art.• The Court held that he need not state expressly that his quote was a fair quote.• Oh it was a fairscandal in our village, I can tell you.• Someone fair skin like you should probably use a stronger sunscreen.• The Indians were at first frightened of the fair-skinned Europeans.• Do you think it's fair that she gets paid more money than me?• To be fair, these are complicated, serious issues, and the department has only been discussing them for a short time.• I've always tried to be fair to all my children.• In order to be fair to everyone, ticketsales are limited to two for each person.• Everyone has the right to a fairtrial.• All we're asking for is a fairwage.fair trial/hearing• The audi alteram partem rule-the right to a fair hearing.• The police seem to be a law unto themselves sometimes, even if it does prejudice a fair trial.• Timothy McVeigh got a fair trial.• Their lawyersargued the men would not have a fair trial because of the delays, and proceedings against them were stayed.• The question became how a fair trial could be conducted without the excess.• Mr Bonin has had a full and fair hearing on all of his claims.• They also maintained that it would be impossible to hold fair trials so long after the allegedcrimes had been committed.• What I did was win us a change of venue on grounds that a fair trial was impossible in Greene County.It’s not fair• She says it's a nightmare come true and it's not fair.• It's not fair, but then, as Del once pointed out, neither is Frank Bruno's backside.• Maybe it's not fair, having it all come down to one game.• It's not fair, I haven't come off that ladder yet.• It's not fair on the people who turn up on time.• It's not fair says John.• It's not fair to keep him in like that.
fairfair2 ●●○ noun [countable]1 (also funfair British English) a form of outdoorentertainment, at which there are large machines to ride on and games in which you can win prizesSYN carnival American English2American EnglishTA an outdoor event, at which there are large machines to ride on, games to play, and sometimes farm animals being judged and soldstate/county fair3 →book/antiques/craft/trade etc fair4 →job/careers fair5British EnglishDLO an outdoor event with games and things to eat and drink, usually organized to get money for a school, club etcSYN fête6British English old-fashionedTA a market where animals and farm products are solda horse fair
fair• Her job is to make sure that the money is distributed fairly.• I believe I acted fairly when I expelled those students.From King Business Dictionaryfairfair1 /feəfer/ adjectivea situation or arrangement which is fair is reasonable, honest, and acceptableThe committee takes seriously the need to be fair and just in everything it does.fair voting proceduresAll we are asking for is a fair wage.fairfair2 noun [countable]MARKETINGCOMMERCEa large show where business people producing a particular product or service can meet to advertise or sell their productsthe Frankfurtbook fairMany businesses deal less formally, for example at trade fairs. →job fair →trade fairOriginfair1Old Englishfæger“beautiful”fair2(1200-1300)Old Frenchfeire, from Latinferiae“holidays”