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Definition of fairly adverb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1(before adjectives and adverbs) to some extent but not very a fairly easy book a fairly typical reaction I know him fairly well, but I wouldn't say we were really close friends. I go jogging fairly regularly. We'll have to leave fairly soon (= before very long). I'm fairly certain I can do the job. I think you'll find it fairly difficult (= you do not want to say that it is very difficult).
  2. 2in a fair and reasonable way; honestly He has always treated me very fairly. Her attitude could fairly be described as hostile.
  3. 3(old-fashioned) used to emphasize something that you are saying The time fairly raced by.
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