just and honorable treatment, action, or conduct:
The political campaign was notably lacking in fair play.
an established standard of decency, honesty, etc
abidance by this standard
Conformity to established rules; upright conduct and equitable conditions. For example, The coach insists on fair play. Shakespeare used this idiom in King John (5:2): “According to the fair play of the world, let me have audience.” [ Late 1500s ]
Also see: turnabout is fair play
- Fair rent
noun 1. (in Britain) the rent for a private tenancy, fixed and registered by a rent officer, and based on the size, condition, and usefulness of the property, but not its scarcity value
[fair] /fɛər/ adjective, fairer, fairest. 1. free from bias, dishonesty, or injustice: a fair decision; a fair judge. 2. legitimately sought, pursued, done, given, etc.; proper under the rules: a fair fight. 3. moderately large; ample: a fair income. 4. neither excellent nor poor; moderately or tolerably good: fair health. 5. marked by favoring conditions; […]
noun, Older Use: Sometimes Offensive. 1. women as a group (usually used facetiously): an insult to the fair sex. noun 1. the fair sex, women collectively Girls or women, as in Many women would object to being called the fair sex nowadays. This euphemism uses fair in the sense of “physically beautiful” and is probably […]
noun, Informal. 1. an equitable opportunity or treatment: The judges promised that every entrant in the contest would get a fair shake.