equal·​i·​ty | \ i-ˈkwä-lə-tē How to pronounce equality (audio) \
plural equalities

Definition of equality

1 : the quality or state of being equal

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Examples of equality in a Sentence

the ideals of liberty and equality it's absurd to suggest that there's an equality in the evil committed by the Nazis and the crimes of the government of that Asian country
Recent Examples on the Web And educating ourselves about important but lesser-known figures in the struggle for racial equality, like Marsha P. Johnson and Bayard Rustin, can also be enlightening. Katherine J Igoe, Marie Claire, "How Can I Become a Better Ally?," 27 Apr. 2021 In 1977, Byron Marchant was put on trial and ultimately excommunicated for his vigorous efforts to advocate for racial equality within the church. The Salt Lake Tribune, "Commentary: Latter-day Saint excommunication was not designed to happen this way," 24 Apr. 2021 White Northern allies took up ideas about equality and civil rights, too, sometimes at considerable personal cost. Washington Post, "America’s forgotten civil rights movement," 23 Apr. 2021 Florida did not experience widespread problems during the summer’s protests for racial equality. Eileen Kelley, sun-sentinel.com, "Sheriff’s Office is leery of using anti-riot law. It won’t run the risk of violating people’s civil rights.," 23 Apr. 2021 In July, when the MLB All-Stars take their places at Coors Field, my thoughts will be on sports heroes of my youth who made a courageous stand for racial equality more than 50 years ago. David Aquilina, Star Tribune, "An all-star boycott that called for change long, long ago," 16 Apr. 2021 The bill, which is supported by President Joe Biden’s administration, is the latest salvo in a long-running debate about equality of pay and the government’s role in ensuring it. Brian Slodysko, chicagotribune.com, "House Democrats poised to pass equal pay bill, legislation faces long odds in Senate," 15 Apr. 2021 The question stumped them both, and opened a bigger conversation about gender equality -- one that Segal's father didn't shy away from. Maria Morava And Scottie Andrew, CNN, "Teen invents playing cards that are gender-equal -- and diverse," 28 Mar. 2021 McClain's theory is that Walter, who was an amateur chess player himself, took elements of Bobby and transformed him into a female protagonist in The Queen's Gambit to make a statement about equality in the game. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Is 'The Queen’s Gambit' a True Story? What to Know About the Character Beth Harmon," 14 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of equality

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Equality.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/equality. Accessed 12 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of equality

: the quality or state of being equal : the quality or state of having the same rights, social status, etc.


equal·​i·​ty | \ i-ˈkwä-lə-tē How to pronounce equality (audio) \
plural equalities

Kids Definition of equality

: the condition or state of being the same in number, amount, degree, rank, or quality



Legal Definition of equality

: the quality or state of being equal: as
a : sameness or equivalence in number, quantity, or measure
b : likeness or sameness in quality, power, status, or degree

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