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fairly

adverb uk   /ˈfeə.li/ us    /ˈfer-/

fairly adverb (QUITE)

B1 more than average, but less than very: She's fairly tall. I'm fairly sure that this is the right address. We get on fairly well. I saw her fairly recently. literary used to emphasize figurative expressions that describe what people or objects are doing: The answer fairly jumps off the page at you! The dog fairly flew out of the door to greet him.

fairly adverb (IN THE RIGHT WAY)

B2 If you do something fairly, you do it in a way that is right and reasonable and treats people equally: He claimed that he hadn't been treated fairly by his employers. Officials will ensure that the election is carried out fairly. fairly and squarely UK (US squarely) completely: She lays the blame for the recession fairly and squarely on the government.
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