I am very new to Latin. I was wondering how you'd say something like "in all fairness" or "to be fair" in Latin. I have been searching for the answer for hours and I couldn't find a single post about it, althought someone I know did suggest "aequitate", but I'm not sure if that really works. I know phrases like "to be fair" is rather "English", so if a more or less direct translation is awkward to use, what are some alternatives that can be used in similar contexts?

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    I think Cicero uses dicam, the first person singular present active subjunctive,(let me say, may I say), in the Philippics. I think this could work the way you want.
    – Vtex
    Commented Mar 21, 2022 at 15:14
  • Related: latin.stackexchange.com/questions/6803/idiom-like-fair-enough
    – cmw
    Commented Mar 22, 2022 at 3:14
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    Could you provide some more English synonyms or at least sample context to help us better understand the intent? Commented Mar 23, 2022 at 23:24

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What is fair is aequum, so you would say "ut aequum". For example, in the Satires, Horace writes:

... amicus dulcis, ut aequum est, mea compenset vitiis bona ...

...My sweet friend, to be fair, must weigh my virtues against my faults...

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