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

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What about women looking for gender equality, for change, not a silver lining peeking out from the patriarchy cloud looming overhead? Jules Barrueco, Glamour, "Moms Have Changed. It’s Time to Change Gifts for Them Too," 10 May 2019 The duchess seemed to confirm her child-to-be will be raised to consider gender equality, whether a boy or girl. Vogue, "Meghan Markle Speaks Out on International Women’s Day," 8 Mar. 2019 Fifty percent of the proceeds from the month of June will go to The Center to help empower the LGBTQ community and provide a safe space that celebrates equality, diversity, and inclusivity. Shannon Barbour, The Cut, "Milk Makeup Launched a Glitter Collection for Pride Month," 4 June 2018 The Duchess of Sussex's visit was focused on gender equality and girls' access to education and proper hygiene. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle Empowers Schoolgirls in India in This Previously Unseen Video," 17 Apr. 2019 The limitless 360-degree view of Manhattan offered the perfect backdrop for the evening's empowering panel conversations, dedicated to pushing the boundaries of gender equality in the workplace. Eliseé Browchuk, Vogue, "Dior Celebrates the Newest Members of Its Women@Dior Program," 16 Mar. 2019 Despite a whole law aimed at promoting equality, girls in sports still receive fewer opportunities, dollars, and scholarships. Brittney Mcnamara, Teen Vogue, "U.S. Soccer's Mallory Pugh on Age, Confidence, and Staying in the Game," 15 Mar. 2019 Here, Clarke tells BAZAAR.com about repping Dolce & Gabbana’s new scent, saying goodbye to Khaleesi, and promoting gender equality. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "For Emilia Clarke, Ending Game of Thrones Was "the Metaphorical Undoing of the Bra"," 12 Mar. 2019 The Association of Commonwealth Universities, which Her Majesty the Queen is Patron of, supports universities to promote equality in their own institutions. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle's First Speech on the Royal Tour Centered Around the Importance of Women's Education," 24 Oct. 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 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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