equal·i·ty | \i-ˈkwä-lə-tē \
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

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Grimmette’s hour-long library presentation on Saturday will be preceded by a 20-minute concert by the Sounds of Joshua Community Praise Choir performing songs about equality and justice, Nambiar said. Janene Holzberg, baltimoresun.com, "For Gambrills resident Bill Grimmette, portrayal of Frederick Douglass pays homage to a pioneer of justice," 13 July 2018 Now as the #MeToo movement hits Germany, the language has been catapulted to the center of a national debate about gender equality. Austin Davis, USA TODAY, "#MeToo movement targets German language as sexist," 9 July 2018 That’s the thing about equality in the Trump White House. Karla Peterson, sandiegouniontribune.com, "President Trump's #MeToo actions are worse than his words," 6 July 2018 The survey, one of the most comprehensive explorations of the reasons that adults are having fewer children, tells a story that is partly about greater gender equality. New York Times, "Americans Are Having Fewer Babies. They Told Us Why.," 5 July 2018 In it, Eurydice talks about gender equality and feminism. Lucie Morris-marr, CNN, "Eurydice Dixon: Tributes and anger as Australia mourns murdered comedian," 15 June 2018 Most of the offscreen buzz (and some of the onscreen buzz) at Cannes in 2018 was about gender equality and women in the industry. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "This year’s Cannes Film Festival was a plea against complacency," 18 May 2018 Solutions brought up throughout the day included women speaking up and telling their stories loudly, and including men in conversations about equality and change. Emily Sundberg, The Cut, "What We Learned at Time’s Up’s First New York Event," 30 Apr. 2018 Kennedy began to talk about equality and inclusion, but some black leaders, like Wright Edelman, were wary of trusting the man who had worked for Sen. Joe McCarthy’s committee and authorized the government wiretap on King. David Wiegand, San Francisco Chronicle, "RFK doc misses the bigger picture for Baby Boomers coming of age," 23 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of equality

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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 \
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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to reject or criticize sharply

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