fairness

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From Middle English fairness, fæȝernesse, from Old English fæġernes ‎(fairness; beauty; pleasantness), equivalent to fair +‎ -ness. Cognate with Old High German fagarnessi ‎(fairness).

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fairness ‎(countable and uncountable, plural fairnesses)

  1. The property of being fair or equitable.
    Some questioned the fairness of the new laws.
  2. The property of being fair or beautiful.

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