fair play

fair play
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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [fair pley]
    • /fɛər pleɪ/
    • /feə(r) pleɪ/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [fair pley]
    • /fɛər pleɪ/

Definitions of fair play words

  • noun fair play just and honorable treatment, action, or conduct: The political campaign was notably lacking in fair play. 1
  • noun fair play sportsmanship, fairness 1
  • uncountable noun fair play If you refer to someone's attitude or behaviour as fair play, you approve of it because it shows respect and sympathy towards everyone, even towards people who are thought to be wrong or to deserve punishment. 0
  • noun fair play an established standard of decency, honesty, etc 0
  • noun fair play abidance by this standard 0
  • noun fair play the act or fact of abiding by the rules as in sports or games; fairness and honor in dealing with competitors, customers, etc. 0

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Origin of fair play

First appearance:

before 1585
One of the 35% oldest English words
First recorded in 1585-95

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Parts of speech for Fair play


fair play popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 44% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

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Synonyms for fair play

noun fair play

  • parity — the condition or fact of having borne offspring.
  • civil rights — Civil rights are the rights that people have in a society to equal treatment and equal opportunities, whatever their race, sex, or religion.
  • impartiality — not partial or biased; fair; just: an impartial judge.
  • identity — the state or fact of remaining the same one or ones, as under varying aspects or conditions: The identity of the fingerprints on the gun with those on file provided evidence that he was the killer.
  • fairness — the state, condition, or quality of being fair, or free from bias or injustice; evenhandedness: I have to admit, in all fairness, that she would only be paid for part of the work.

Antonyms for fair play

noun fair play

  • dissimilarity — unlikeness; difference.
  • unlike — different, dissimilar, or unequal; not alike: They contributed unlike sums to charity.
  • disproportion — lack of proportion; lack of proper relationship in size, number, etc.: architectural disproportions.
  • imbalance — the state or condition of lacking balance, as in proportion or distribution.
  • inequality — social or economic disparity: inequality between the rich and the poor; widening income inequality in America. unequal opportunity or treatment resulting from this disparity: inequality in healthcare and education.

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