Fairly Fair"ly, adv. 1. In a fair manner; clearly; openly; plainly; fully; distinctly; frankly. [1913 Webster]

Even the nature of Mr. Dimmesdale's disease had never fairly been revealed to him. --Hawthorne. [1913 Webster]

2. Favorably; auspiciously; commodiously; as, a town fairly situated for foreign trade. [1913 Webster]

3. Honestly; properly. [1913 Webster]

Such means of comfort or even luxury, as lay fairly within their grasp. --Hawthorne. [1913 Webster]

4. Softly; quietly; gently. [Obs.] --Milton. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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