Fairness, or the property of being fair, is a term derived from Old English fæġer (fair, lovely, beautiful; pleasant, agreeable; attractive); it is commonly related to concepts of justice, and equitable, adequate, reasonable, or decent assessments, actions and behavior, as well as unblemished, beautiful, pleasing appearances, and sometimes specifically to light-toned colors, especially of skin or hair.
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- The Joker: Introduce a little anarchy. Upset the established order, and everything becomes chaos. I'm an agent of chaos. Oh, and you know the thing about chaos? It's fair!
- Jonathan Nolan and Christopher Nolan, The Dark Knight
- That's not fair. That's not fair at all. There was time now. There was --- was all the time I needed...! It's not fair! It's not fair!
- All's fair in love and war.
- Francis Edward Smedley, in Frank Fairlegh : Scenes from the Life of a Private Pupil (1850)
- Because there is no precisely defined and widely agreed upon definition of fairness, what the term has come to mean in economic policy-making is that those with political power can restrict the options of individuals and enterprises, in order to produce whatever end result those in power choose to call “fair.”