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 for fair
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Fair \Fair\ (f[^a]r), a. [Compar. Fairer; superl. Fairest.]
     [OE. fair, fayer, fager, AS. f[ae]ger; akin to OS. & OHG.
     fagar, Icel. fagr, Sw. fager, Dan. faver, Goth. fagrs fit,
     also to E. fay, G. f["u]gen, to fit. fegen to sweep, cleanse,
     and prob. also to E. fang, peace, pact, Cf. Fang, Fain,
     Fay to fit.]
     1. Free from spots, specks, dirt, or imperfection;
        unblemished; clean; pure.
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              A fair white linen cloth.             --Book of
                                                    Common Prayer.
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     2. Pleasing to the eye; handsome; beautiful.
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              Who can not see many a fair French city, for one
              fair French made.                     --Shak.
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     3. Without a dark hue; light; clear; as, a fair skin.
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              The northern people large and fair-complexioned.
                                                    --Sir M. Hale.
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     4. Not overcast; cloudless; clear; pleasant; propitious;
        favorable; -- said of the sky, weather, or wind, etc.; as,
        a fair sky; a fair day.
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              You wish fair winds may waft him over. --Prior.
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     5. Free from obstacles or hindrances; unobstructed;
        unincumbered; open; direct; -- said of a road, passage,
        etc.; as, a fair mark; in fair sight; a fair view.
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              The caliphs obtained a mighty empire, which was in a
              fair way to have enlarged.            --Sir W.
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     6. (Shipbuilding) Without sudden change of direction or
        curvature; smooth; flowing; -- said of the figure of a
        vessel, and of surfaces, water lines, and other lines.
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     7. Characterized by frankness, honesty, impartiality, or
        candor; open; upright; free from suspicion or bias;
        equitable; just; -- said of persons, character, or
        conduct; as, a fair man; fair dealing; a fair statement.
        "I would call it fair play." --Shak.
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     8. Pleasing; favorable; inspiring hope and confidence; --
        said of words, promises, etc.
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              When fair words and good counsel will not prevail on
              us, we must be frighted into our duty. --L'
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     9. Distinct; legible; as, fair handwriting.
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     10. Free from any marked characteristic; average; middling;
         as, a fair specimen.
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               The news is very fair and good, my lord. --Shak.
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     Fair ball. (Baseball)
         (a) A ball passing over the home base at the height
             called for by the batsman, and delivered by the
             pitcher while wholly within the lines of his position
             and facing the batsman.
         (b) A batted ball that falls inside the foul lines; --
             called also a fair hit.
     Fair maid. (Zool.)
         (a) The European pilchard ({Clupea pilchardus) when
         (b) The southern scup ({Stenotomus Gardeni). [Virginia]
     Fair one, a handsome woman; a beauty,
     Fair play, equitable or impartial treatment; a fair or
        equal chance; justice.
     From fair to middling, passable; tolerable. [Colloq.]
     The fair sex, the female sex.
     Syn: Candid; open; frank; ingenuous; clear; honest;
          equitable; impartial; reasonable. See Candid.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Fair \Fair\, n.
     1. Fairness, beauty. [Obs.] --Shak.
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     2. A fair woman; a sweetheart.
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              I have found out a gift for my fair.  --Shenstone.
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     3. Good fortune; good luck.
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              Now fair befall thee !                --Shak.
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     The fair, anything beautiful; women, collectively. "For
        slander's mark was ever yet the fair." --Shak.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Fair \Fair\, v. t.
     1. To make fair or beautiful. [Obs.]
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              Fairing the foul.                     --Shak.
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     2. (Shipbuilding) To make smooth and flowing, as a vessel's
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Fair \Fair\, n. [OE. feire, OF. feire, F. foire, fr. L. fariae,
     pl., days of rest, holidays, festivals, akin to festus
     festal. See Feast.]
     1. A gathering of buyers and sellers, assembled at a
        particular place with their merchandise at a stated or
        regular season, or by special appointment, for trade.
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     2. A festival, and sale of fancy articles. erc., usually for
        some charitable object; as, a Grand Army fair; a church
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     3. A competitive exhibition of wares, farm products, etc.,
        not primarily for purposes of sale; as, the Mechanics'
        fair; an agricultural fair.
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     4. an exhibition by a number of organizations, including
        governmental organizations, for the purpose of acquainting
        people with such organizations or their members, not
        primarily for commercial purposes; as, the 1939 World's
              Meet me in St. Louis, Louis
              Meet me at the fair
              Don't tell me the lights are shining
              Anyplace but there.                   --Song (1904:
                                                    words by
                                                    Andrew B.
                                                    music by Kerry
                                                    popularized by
                                                    Billy Murray.
                                                    Prominent in
                                                    the movie
                                                    "Meet Me In
                                                    St. Louis",
     After the fair, Too late. [Colloq.]
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Fair \Fair\, adv.
     Clearly; openly; frankly; civilly; honestly; favorably;
     auspiciously; agreeably.
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     Fair and square, justly; honestly; equitably; impartially.
     To bid fair. See under Bid.
     To speak fair, to address with courtesy and frankness.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      adv 1: in conformity with the rules or laws and without fraud or
             cheating; "they played fairly" [syn: fairly, fair,
             clean] [ant: below the belt, unfairly]
      2: without favoring one party, in a fair evenhanded manner;
         "deal fairly with one another" [syn: fairly, fair,
      adj 1: free from favoritism or self-interest or bias or
             deception; conforming with established standards or
             rules; "a fair referee"; "fair deal"; "on a fair
             footing"; "a fair fight"; "by fair means or foul" [syn:
             fair, just] [ant: unfair, unjust]
      2: not excessive or extreme; "a fairish income"; "reasonable
         prices" [syn: fair, fairish, reasonable]
      3: very pleasing to the eye; "my bonny lass"; "there's a bonny
         bay beyond"; "a comely face"; "young fair maidens" [syn:
         bonny, bonnie, comely, fair, sightly]
      4: (of a baseball) hit between the foul lines; "he hit a fair
         ball over the third base bag" [ant: foul]
      5: lacking exceptional quality or ability; "a novel of average
         merit"; "only a fair performance of the sonata"; "in fair
         health"; "the caliber of the students has gone from mediocre
         to above average"; "the performance was middling at best"
         [syn: average, fair, mediocre, middling]
      6: attractively feminine; "the fair sex"
      7: (of a manuscript) having few alterations or corrections;
         "fair copy"; "a clean manuscript" [syn: clean, fair]
      8: gained or earned without cheating or stealing; "an honest
         wage"; "an fair penny" [syn: honest, fair]
      9: free of clouds or rain; "today will be fair and warm"
      10: (used of hair or skin) pale or light-colored; "a fair
          complexion"; [syn: fair, fairish]
      n 1: a traveling show; having sideshows and rides and games of
           skill etc. [syn: carnival, fair, funfair]
      2: gathering of producers to promote business; "world fair";
         "trade fair"; "book fair"
      3: a competitive exhibition of farm products; "she won a blue
         ribbon for her baking at the county fair"
      4: a sale of miscellany; often for charity; "the church bazaar"
         [syn: bazaar, fair]
      v 1: join so that the external surfaces blend smoothly

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  495 Moby Thesaurus words for "fair":
     Christian, Junoesque, Mardi Gras, OK, Saturnalia, Saturnian,
     acceptable, accommodating, adequate, admissible, advantageous,
     affable, affably, agreeable, agreeably, alabaster, alabastrine,
     albescent, all right, amiable, amiably, amicable, amicably,
     amply endowed, appropriate, apt, attentive, attractive, auspicious,
     auto show, average, balanced, balmy, banquet, bazaar, beauteous,
     beautiful, becoming, beneficial, benevolent, benign, benignant,
     better than nothing, betwixt and between, blameless, bleached,
     blissful, blissfully, blond, blooming, blossoming, blowout,
     boat show, bon, bonny, booming, braw, bright, bright and fair,
     bueno, built, built for comfort, buxom, callipygian, callipygous,
     calm, candid, capital, carnival, charming, chaste, cheerful,
     cheerfully, civil, clarion, clean, cleanly, clear, clement,
     cloudless, cogent, comely, commendable, commercial complex, common,
     compatible, complaisant, condign, congenial, considerate, cordial,
     cordially, courteous, cream, creamy, creditable, curvaceous, curvy,
     dainty, decent, decipherable, defensible, deferential, delicate,
     deserved, deservedly, desirable, detached, dirt-free,
     disinterested, disinterestedly, dispassionate, dispassionately, do,
     dry, due, dulcet, dull, duly, dun-white, eggshell, elegant,
     emporium, en rapport, enchanting, enjoyable, enjoyably, equal,
     equally, equitable, equitably, erect, estimable, ethical, even,
     evenhanded, evenly, excellent, exhibit, exhibition, expedient,
     exposition, exquisite, exuberant, fair and pleasant,
     fair and square, fair to middling, fairish, fairly, famous,
     fastidious, fat, favorable, favoring, feast, felicific, felicitous,
     festival, festive occasion, festivity, fete, field day, fiesta,
     fine, fit, flaxen-haired, flea fair, flea market, flourishing,
     flowering, foreseeable, fortunate, free, fresh, fruiting,
     full of integrity, full of promise, gala, gala affair, gala day,
     genial, genially, glaucescent, glaucous, goddess-like,
     going strong, golden, good, good enough, good-looking, goodish,
     goodly, graceful, gracious, graciously, grand, grateful,
     gratifying, gratifyingly, gray-white, great doings, halcyon,
     handsome, happy, harmonious, healthy, heart-warming, helpful,
     high jinks, high-minded, high-principled, highly respectable,
     honest, honeyed, honorable, hopeful, immaculate, impartial,
     impartially, impersonal, impersonally, in full swing, in good case,
     in the cards, in the clear, indifferent, insipid, intermediate,
     inviolate, irreproachable, ivory, ivory-white, jamboree, just,
     justifiable, justifiably, justified, justifiedly, justly, kermis,
     kind, kindly, kosher, lackluster, laudable, law-abiding,
     law-loving, law-revering, lawful, legal, legible, legitimate,
     level, liable, light, light-colored, light-hued, likable, likely,
     lint-white, lovely, lovely to behold, lucky, manly, market,
     market overt, marketplace, mart, mean, mediocre, medium, meet,
     meet and right, meetly, mellifluous, mellow, merited, middling,
     mild, moderate, modest, moral, namby-pamby, neutral, nice, noble,
     nonpartisan, nonpolluted, not amiss, not bad, not half bad,
     not so bad, objective, obliging, odds-on, of a kind, of a sort,
     of cleanly habits, of good omen, of happy portent, of promise,
     of sorts, off-white, okay, open, open market, open-minded,
     ordinary, pale, palmy, party, passable, pastel, pearl, pearly,
     pearly-white, personable, picnic, piping, placid, plaza, pleasant,
     pleasantly, pleasing, pleasingly, pleasurable, pleasurably,
     pleasure-giving, pleasureful, pneumatic, polite,
     predictable within limits, presentable, presumptive, pretty,
     pretty good, principled, probable, profitable, promising, proper,
     properly, propitious, prospering, prosperous, pulchritudinous,
     pure, rainless, rational, readable, reasonable, regal, reputable,
     respectable, respectful, rewarding, rialto, right,
     right and proper, right-minded, righteous, rightful, rightfully,
     rightly, ritually pure, rosy, royal, ruddy, sane, satisfactory,
     satisfying, satisfyingly, shapely, shiny, shopping center,
     shopping mall, shopping plaza, show, sightly, skillful, sleek,
     slender, smut-free, smutless, so so, so-so, solicitous, sound,
     splendid, sportsmanlike, sportsmanly, spotless, square, stacked,
     stainless, staple, statistically probable, statuesque, sterling,
     straight, straightforward, street market, sufficient, sunny,
     sunshine, sunshiny, sweet, tactful, tahar, tawny, tedious,
     thoughtful, thriving, tidy, tolerable, trade fair, tranquil,
     true-dealing, true-devoted, true-disposing, true-souled,
     true-spirited, truehearted, trustworthy, tubbed, unadulterated,
     unbesmirched, unbiased, unblemished, unblotted, unclouded, uncoded,
     uncolored, uncorrupt, uncorrupted, undarkened, undazzled,
     undefiled, unenciphered, unexceptionable, unimpeachable,
     uninfluenced, unjaundiced, unmuddied, unobjectionable,
     unobstructed, unpolluted, unprejudiced, unprepossessed, unsmirched,
     unsmudged, unsoiled, unspotted, unstained, unsullied, unswayed,
     untainted, untarnished, upon even terms, upright, uprighteous,
     upstanding, urbane, useful, valid, vapid, verisimilar, very good,
     vigorous, virtuous, warrantable, warrantably, warranted,
     warrantedly, waygoose, wayzgoose, welcome, well-built,
     well-favored, well-formed, well-made, well-proportioned,
     well-scrubbed, well-shaped, well-stacked, well-washed, white,
     whitened, whitish, whity, wishy-washy, without distinction,
     workmanlike, worthy, yeomanly

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (30 December 2018) :

      An early system on the IBM 705.
     [Listed in CACM 2(5):1959-05-16].

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  FAIR. A privileged market. 
       2. In England, fairs are granted by the king's patent.
       3. In the United States, fairs are almost unknown. They are recognized 
  in Alabama; Aik. Dig. 409, note; and in North Carolina, where they are 
  regulated by statute. 1 N. C. Rev. St. 282. See Domat, Dr. Public, liv. 1, 
  t. 7, s. 3, n. 1. 

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