Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “fairness”

fairness

noun [U] uk   /ˈfeə.nəs/ us    /ˈfer-/

fairness noun [U] (FAIR TREATMENT)

C1 the quality of treating people equally or in a way that is right or reasonable: He had a real sense of fairness and hated injustice. The ban on media reporting has made some people question the fairness of the election (= ask whether it was fair). in (all) fairness considering everything that has an effect on a situation, so that a fair judgment can be made: In all fairness, he has been a hard worker. In fairness to Diana, she has at least been honest with you.

fairness noun [U] (BEAUTY)

old use beauty
(Definition of fairness from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of fairness?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “fairness” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

debut

the occasion when someone performs or presents something to the public for the first time

Word of the Day

Come on – you can do it! Phrasal verbs with ‘come’.

by Liz Walter​,
November 19, 2014
As part of an occasional series on the tricky subject of phrasal verbs, this blog looks at ones formed with the verb ‘come’. If you are reading this blog, I’m sure you already know come from, as it is one of the first things you learn in class: I come from Scotland/Spain.

Read More 

silver splicer noun

November 17, 2014
informal a person who marries in later life Newly retired and now newlywed – rise of the ‘silver splicers’ Reaching pension age becomes a trigger to tie the knot as baby-boomers begin to redefine retirement

Read More