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equitable

adjective eq·ui·ta·ble \ˈe-kwə-tə-bəl\

: just or fair : dealing fairly and equally with everyone

Full Definition of EQUITABLE

1
:  having or exhibiting equity :  dealing fairly and equally with all concerned <an equitable settlement of the dispute>
2
:  existing or valid in equity as distinguished from law <an equitable defense>
eq·ui·ta·bil·i·ty \ˌe-kwə-tə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun
eq·ui·ta·ble·ness \ˈe-kwə-tə-bəl-nəs\ noun
eq·ui·ta·bly \-blē\ adverb

Examples of EQUITABLE

  1. They reached an equitable settlement of their dispute.
  2. fighting for a more equitable distribution of funds
  3. an equitable system of taxation

First Known Use of EQUITABLE

1598

Synonym Discussion of EQUITABLE

fair, just, equitable, impartial, unbiased, dispassionate, objective mean free from favor toward either or any side. fair implies a proper balance of conflicting interests <a fair decision>. just implies an exact following of a standard of what is right and proper <a just settlement of territorial claims>. equitable implies a less rigorous standard than just and usually suggests equal treatment of all concerned <the equitable distribution of the property>. impartial stresses an absence of favor or prejudice <an impartial third party>. unbiased implies even more strongly an absence of all prejudice <your unbiased opinion>. dispassionate suggests freedom from the influence of strong feeling and often implies cool or even cold judgment <a dispassionate summation of the facts>. objective stresses a tendency to view events or persons as apart from oneself and one's own interest or feelings <I can't be objective about my own child>.
July 06, 2015
categorical Hear it
absolute or relating to a category
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