Etymology
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fairness (n.)

Old English fægernes "beauty;" see fair (adj.) + -ness. Meaning "even-handedness, impartiality" is from mid-15c. Meaning "lightness of complexion" is from 1590s.

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Definitions of fairness

fairness (n.)
conformity with rules or standards;
the judge recognized the fairness of my claim
Synonyms: equity
fairness (n.)
ability to make judgments free from discrimination or dishonesty;
Synonyms: fair-mindedness / candor / candour
fairness (n.)
the property of having a naturally light complexion;
Synonyms: paleness / blondness
fairness (n.)
the quality of being good looking and attractive;
Synonyms: comeliness / loveliness / beauteousness
From wordnet.princeton.edu