a. In a fair or just manner; equitably.
b. Legitimately; suitably.
2. Clearly; distinctly.
3. Actually; fully: The walls fairly shook with their bellowing.
a. Moderately; rather: a fairly good dinner.
b. To a reasonable degree: I was fairly sure that I would go to the party.
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Indo-European & Semitic Roots Appendices
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The Indo-European appendix covers nearly half of the Indo-European roots that have left their mark on English words. A more complete treatment of Indo-European roots and the English words derived from them is available in our Dictionary of Indo-European Roots.