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Let $K$ be a 2-category.
A morphism $f:A\to B$ in $K$ is called (representably) fully-faithful (or sometimes just ff) if for all objects $X \in K$ , the functor
It is said to be co-fully faithful or corepresentably fully faithful if for all objects $X \in K$ , the functor
is a full and faithful functor. Note that the shortened name “co-fully faithful” can be misleading, as a functor is corepresentably fully faithful if and only if it is representably fully faithful as a 1-cell in $Cat^{op}$ (rather than $Cat^{co}$.
Fully faithful morphisms in a 2-category may also be called 1-monic, and be said to make their source into a 1-subobject of their target. See subcategory for some discussion.
Fully faithful morphisms are often the right class of a factorization system. The left class in $Cat$ consists of essentially surjective functors; in a regular 2-category it consists of the eso morphisms.
Just as in a 1-category any equalizer is monic, in a 2-category any inverter or equifier is fully faithful.
This is not always the “right” notion of fully-faithfulness in a 2-category. In particular, in enriched category theory this definition does not recapture the correct notion of enriched fully-faithfulness. It is possible, however, to characterize $V$-fully-faithful functors 2-categorically; see codiscrete cofibration. In general, fully faithful morphisms should be defined with respect to a proarrow equipment (or some other context for formal category theory): in particular, this recovers $V$-fully-faithfulness. A 1-cell $f : A \to B$ in a proarrow equipment is fully faithful if the unit of the adjunction $\eta \colon 1 \to f^* f_*$ is invertible.
In the 2-category Cat the full and faithful morphisms are precisely the full and faithful functors; and the corepresentably fully faithful morphisms are precisely the absolutely dense functors.
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