fairly

[fair-lee]
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.
a.
actually; completely: The wheels fairly spun.
b.
almost; practically: He slipped off the roof and fairly broke his neck.
6.
Obsolete, softly.
7.
Obsolete, courteously.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English; see fair1, -ly

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

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Word Origin & History

fairly
c.1400, handsomely, from fair + -ly (2). Meaning impartially is from 1670s; somewhat is from 1805; it earlier meant "totally."
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Example sentences
The blocks are faced with faux stone, which comes in a wide variety of colors
  and shapes and is fairly easy to install.
They also had to be fairly deer-proof, since four-legged herbivores easily
  outnumber people around here.
Hydrangeas grow best in areas where winters stay fairly mild, and they bloom
  over a long period in summer.
The towel needs to be fairly taut across the top of the bowl to prevent it from
  sagging into the water.
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