American English

Definition of fairness noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1the quality of treating people equally or in a way that is reasonable the fairness of the judicial system She has a strong sense of justice and fairness.
  2. 2(of skin or hair) a pale color A tan emphasized the fairness of her hair.
  3. Idioms
    in (all) fairness (to somebody)
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    used to introduce a statement that defends someone who has just been criticized, or that explains another statement that may seem unreasonable In all fairness to him, he did try to stop her from leaving. In fairness, I must say that there is no hard evidence as yet to support these charges.
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