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[fair-lee] /ˈfɛər li/
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.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English; see fair1, -ly
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British Dictionary definitions for fairly

fairly

/ˈfɛəlɪ/
adverb
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 and History for fairly
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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