You use fairness
in expressions such as in fairness to
and in all fairness
when you want
to add a favourable comment
about someone or something that you have just mentioned
and to correct a false impression
that you might
In fairness to Bates, he always made it very clear that Webb was only on trial until
the end of the season.
There is much more to be said, in all fairness, on both sides of the issue.
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