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fair (adjective)
1.
to the eye or mind especially because of fresh, charming, or flawless quality - pleasing
2.
superficially pleasing - specious she trusted his fair promises
3.
a) - clean pure fair sparkling water
b) - clear legible
4.
not stormy or foul - fine fair weather
5.
- ample a fair estate
6.
a) marked by impartiality and free from self-interest, prejudice, or favoritism - honesty a very fair person to do business with
b) (1) conforming with the established rules - allowed
(2) with merit or importance - consonant due a fair share
c) open to legitimate pursuit, attack, or ridicule - fair game
7.
a) - promising likely in a fair way to win
b) favorable to a ship's course - a fair wind
8.
archaic free of obstacles
9.
not dark - fair skin
10.
a) sufficient but not ample - adequate a fair understanding of the work
b) moderately numerous, large, or significant - takes a fair amount of time
11.
being such to the utmost - utter a fair treat to watch him New Republic
fair (noun)
1.
obsolete - beauty fairness
2.
something that is fair or fortunate - (see fair)
3.
archaic - woman , especially - sweetheart
fair (adverb)
1.
in a manner that is honest or impartial or that conforms to rules in a fair manner - play fair
2.
chiefly British - fairly fair makes you want to cry
fair (verb)
intransitive verb
transitive verb
of the weather - clear to join so that the external surfaces blend - smoothly
fair (noun)
1.
a gathering of buyers and sellers at a particular place and time for trade
2.
a) a competitive usually with accompanying entertainment and amusements - exhibition an agricultural fair
b) an exhibition designed to acquaint prospective buyers or the general public with a product - a book fair
c) an that promotes the availability of services or opportunities - exposition health fairs job fairs
3.
a sale of assorted articles usually for a charitable purpose
Merriam-Webster Online Thesaurus
fair (adjective)
1.
not stormy or cloudy
SYNONIMS:
bright, clear, cloudless, sunny, sunshiny, unclouded
RELATED WORDS:
balmy, clement, gentle, mild, moderate, temperate; calm, halcyon, peaceful, placid, serene, tranquil; fine, pleasant
NEAR ANTONYMS:
harsh, inclement, severe; blustering, blustery, breezy, gusty; foggy, hazy, misty, murky, soupy
bleak, cloudy, dirty, foul, nasty, overcast, rainy, raw, rough, squally, stormy, sunless, tempestuous, turbulent
fair (adjective)
2.
marked by justice, honesty, and freedom from bias
SYNONIMS:
candid, disinterested, dispassionate, equal, equitable, evenhanded, impartial, indifferent, just, nonpartisan, objective, square, unbiased, unprejudiced
RELATED WORDS:
frank, forthright, open, straight, straightforward; balanced, rational, reasonable
NEAR ANTONYMS:
deceitful, deceptive, dishonest; arbitrary, unconscionable, unreasonable; jaundiced, unfriendly, unsympathetic; colored, distorted, warped
biased, ex parte, inequitable, nonobjective, one-sided, partial, parti pris, partisan, prejudiced, unjust
fair (adjective)
3.
following or according to the rules
SYNONIMS:
clean, legal, sportsmanlike, sportsmanly
RELATED WORDS:
just, law-abiding; ethical, moral, principled, scrupulous; honorable, irreproachable, unimpeachable
NEAR ANTONYMS:
immoral, unethical, unprincipled, unrighteous, unscrupulous, vicious, wrong
dirty, foul, nasty, unfair, unsportsmanlike
fair (adjective)
4.
of light complexion
SYNONIMS:
light
RELATED WORDS:
ashen, ashy, pale, paled, palish, pallid, pasty, peaked, peaky, sallow, sallowish, wan, white
black, brunet ( brunette), dark, swart, swarthy
fair (adjective)
5.
having qualities which inspire hope
SYNONIMS:
auspicious, bright, encouraging, fair, golden, heartening, likely, optimistic, promising, propitious, roseate, rose-colored, rosy, upbeat
RELATED WORDS:
cheering, comforting, reassuring, soothing; assured, confident, decisive, doubtless, positive, sure, unhesitating; beamish, bullish, eupeptic; favorable, good
NEAR ANTONYMS:
cheerless, comfortless; doubtful, dubious, uncertain; bearish, grim, negative, unfavorable; funereal, glum, gray ( grey), miserable, wretched
bleak, dark, depressing, desperate, discouraging, disheartening, dismal, downbeat, dreary, gloomy, hopeless, inauspicious, pessimistic, unencouraging, unlikely, unpromising, unpropitious
fair (adjective)
6.
of a pale yellow or yellowish brown color
SYNONIMS:
fair, flaxen, golden, sandy, straw, tawny
RELATED WORDS:
ocherous ( ochreous); ash-blond ( ash-blonde), blondish, strawberry blonde ( strawberry blond), towheaded; gold, light, white
NEAR ANTONYMS:
black-a-vised, brown, brunet ( brunette), dark, olive, swart, swarthy; black, ebony, raven
fair (adjective)
7.
of average to below average quality
SYNONIMS:
common, fair, indifferent, medium, middling, ordinary, passable, run-of-the-mill, run-of-the-mine ( run-of-mine), second-class, second-rate, so-so
RELATED WORDS:
acceptable, adequate, all right, alright, decent, OK ( okay), reasonable, satisfactory, sufficient, sufficing, tolerable; moderate, modest; presentable, respectable; minimal, unexceptional; fine, good, nice
NEAR ANTONYMS:
A1, capital, choice, classic, distinguished, excellent, exceptional, exquisite, fabulous, fantastic, fine, first-class, first-rate, grand, great, marvelous ( marvellous), matchless, maximum, nifty, number one ( No. 1), optimal, optimum, outstanding, par excellence, peerless, preeminent, prime, sensational, special, splendid, stellar, sterling, superb, superior, superlative, supreme, swell, terrific, tip-top, top, top-notch; unmatched, unparalleled, unsurpassed; deficient, inadequate, insufficient, lacking, unacceptable, unsatisfactory, wanting
fair (adjective)
8.
very pleasing to look at
SYNONIMS:
aesthetic ( esthetic aesthetical esthetical), attractive, beauteous, bonny ( bonnie), comely, cute, drop-dead, fair, fetching, good, good-looking, goodly, gorgeous, handsome, knockout, likely, lovely, lovesome, pretty, ravishing, seemly, sightly, stunning, taking, well-favored
RELATED WORDS:
alluring, appealing, charming, cunning, delightful, engaging, fascinating, glamorous ( glamourous), prepossessing; elegant, exquisite, glorious, Junoesque, magnificent, resplendent, splendid, statuesque, sublime, superb; flawless, perfect, radiant; dainty, delicate; personable, pleasant, presentable; chocolate-box, prettyish; desirable, dishy, dollish, foxy, hot, luscious, nubile, pulchritudinous, seductive, sexy, tasty, toothsome, yummy; hunky, studly []; arresting, eye-catching, flamboyant, flashy, glossy, showstopping, showy, slick, snazzy, splashy, striking, zingy; photogenic, telegenic
NEAR ANTONYMS:
abhorrent, abominable, bad, disagreeable, disgusting, dreadful, foul, frightful, ghastly, horrible, loathsome, nasty, nauseating, objectionable, offensive, repellent ( repellant), repugnant, repulsive, revolting, shocking, sickening, terrible, vile; unappealing, unappetizing, unimposing, unpleasant, unprepossessing; frumpish, frumpy, unbecoming, unshapely; Gorgonian, haggish, witchy
grotesque, hideous, homely, ill-favored, plain, ugly, unaesthetic, unattractive, unbeautiful, uncomely, uncute, unhandsome, unlovely, unpleasing, unpretty, unsightly
fair (adjective)
9.
having no exceptions or restrictions
SYNONIMS:
all-out, arrant, blank, blooming, bodacious, categorical ( categoric), clean, complete, consummate, cotton-picking, crashing, damn, damned, dead, deadly, definite, downright, dreadful, fair, flat, flat-out, out-and-out, outright, perfect, plumb, profound, pure, rank, regular, sheer, simple, stark, stone, straight-out, thorough, thoroughgoing, total, unadulterated, unalloyed, unconditional, unmitigated, unqualified, utter, very
RELATED WORDS:
authentic, classic, genuine, real, veritable; constant, endless, eternal, perpetual, undying, unremitting; extreme, unrestricted; confirmed, habitual, hopeless, inveterate; extraordinary, frightful, horrible, huge, main, superlative, supreme, surpassing, terrible, terrific
NEAR ANTONYMS:
doubtful, dubious, equivocal, qualified, questionable, restricted, uncertain
fair (adjective)
10.
being what is called for by accepted standards of right and wrong
SYNONIMS:
competent, condign, deserved, due, fair, justified, merited, right, rightful, warranted
RELATED WORDS:
applicable, appropriate, apt, fit, fitting, meet, proper, requisite, suitable; lawful, legal, legitimate; accurate, correct, true; rhadamanthine, strict, stringent, uncompromising; equitable, impartial, square
NEAR ANTONYMS:
incoherent, incorrect, irrelative, irrelevant; improper, inapplicable, inapposite, inappropriate, inapt, indefensible, unjustifiable, unreasonable, unsuitable; biased, inequitable, partial, unequal; arbitrary, despotic; illegitimate, unlawful
undeserved, undue, unfair, unjust, unjustified, unmerited, unwarranted
fair (adjective)
11.
free from dirt or stain
SYNONIMS:
antiseptic, chaste, fair, immaculate, pristine, spick-and-span ( spic-and-span), spotless, squeaky-clean, stainless, unsoiled, unstained, unsullied
RELATED WORDS:
pure, taintless, undefiled, unpolluted, untainted, wholesome; cleanly, germfree, hygienic, sanitary, sterile; abluted, bleached, cleansed, purified, scrubbed, washed, whitened; milky, snowy, white; flawless, unblemished; bright, shiny, sparkling
NEAR ANTONYMS:
dingy, greasy, grimy, mucky, muddy, unwashed; defiled, germy, polluted, tainted, unsterile, unsterilized; blackened, discolored
besmirched, dirty, filthy, foul, grubby, smirched, soiled, spotted, stained, sullied, unclean, uncleaned
fair (adverb)
1.
according to the rules or the law
SYNONIMS:
clean, cleanly, fair, legally
RELATED WORDS:
ethically, high-mindedly, morally, nobly; honorably
NEAR ANTONYMS:
ignobly, immorally, underhandedly, unethically; dishonorably
dirty, illegally
fair (adverb)
chiefly British
very close to but not completely
SYNONIMS:
about, all but, borderline, fair, fairly, feckly, more or less, most, much, near, nearly, next to, nigh, practically, somewhere, virtually, well-nigh
RELATED WORDS:
appreciably, by and large, chiefly, largely, mainly, mostly; kind of, partially, partly, somewhat
NEAR ANTONYMS:
absolutely, altogether, completely, entirely, fully, plain, plumb [], quite, thoroughly; totally, utterly, well, wholly; barely, hardly, scarcely
fair (noun)
a public showing of objects of interest
SYNONIMS:
display, exhibit, expo, exposition, fair, show
RELATED WORDS:
demonstration, performance, presentation, production; extravaganza, pageant, spectacle; auction, offering, presentment, sale
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