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fairly


adverb

  1. in a fair manner; justly or honestly; impartially.
  2. moderately; tolerably: a fairly heavy rain.
  3. properly; legitimately: a claim fairly made.
  4. clearly; distinctly: fairly seen.
  5. Chiefly Southern U.S.
    1. actually; completely: The wheels fairly spun.
    2. almost; practically: He slipped off the roof and fairly broke his neck.
  6. Obsolete. softly.
  7. Obsolete. courteously.

adverb

  1. (not used with a negative) moderately
  2. as deserved; justly
  3. (not used with a negative) positively; absolutelythe hall fairly rang with applause
  4. archaic clearly
  5. obsolete courteously
adv.

c.1400, “handsomely,” from fair (adj.) + -ly (2). Meaning “impartially” is from 1670s; “somewhat” is from 1805; meaning “totally” is earlier (1590s).

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