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[fair-nis] /ˈfɛər nɪs/
the state, condition, or quality of being fair, or free from bias or injustice; evenhandedness:
I have to admit, in all fairness, that she would only be paid for part of the work.
the quality of being light of hair or complexion:
She was proud of the fairness of her skin, and never went out without a parasol and gloves.
Origin of fairness
fair1 + -ness Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for fairness
  • fairness also shows up as an animal spirit, influencing thousands of decisions in ways that part company with standard theory.
  • fairness is generally not thought of as a single notion.
  • Even if economists know that fairness matters, too little of their work reflects it.
  • Our reputation for fairness and objectivity depends on strict adherence to this principle.
  • Life may not be fair, but humans have a strong bias for fairness.
  • Bill's problem with his employer's oversight was not so much ego, as a matter of his deeply ingrained sense of fairness.
  • Take economic profit versus psychological fairness as an example.
  • Presumably, the government wants to maintain the appearance of complete fairness.
  • fairness becomes subjective when one takes one's talents and skills out into the workplace, or creates one's own employment.
  • Different countries will always strike different compromises between efficiency, fairness and simplicity.
Word Origin and History for fairness

Old English fægernes "beauty;" see fair (adj.) + -ness. Meaning "evenhandedness" is from mid-15c.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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