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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Both issues tap into the bigger problem of gender equality in Japan. Yoko Wakatsuki And Julia Hollingsworth, CNN, "Japanese pop star Mayu Tomita sues government for inaction over stalker who stabbed her," 12 July 2019 As the United States celebrates equal pay day, a new study finds that there are a few occupations that still lag behind in gender wage equality. Johnny C. Taylor Jr., USA TODAY, "Woman seeks answers for equal pay: Ask HR," 9 July 2019 The success of the U.S. women’s soccer team has also become a gender-equality issue, with Democratic presidential candidates decrying how female soccer players are paid less than the men. Washington Post, The Denver Post, "U.S. Women’s World Cup victory tops men’s final ratings by 20%," 8 July 2019 Lavelle is likely to be probed on issues ranging from gender equality to pay equity for the U.S. Women's National Soccer Team and women in general, and President Donald Trump. Pat Brennan, Cincinnati.com, "Rose Lavelle: USWNT World Cup title brings adulation, challenges," 8 July 2019 So what is a woman in search of wage equality supposed to do? San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Sandra Maas’ suit against KUSI is the tip of the wage-gap iceberg," 5 July 2019 Some of Ginsburg's most prominent Supreme Court cases demonstrate her attention to issues of gender equality. Alexandra Chaidez, CBS News, "Ginsburg praises Kavanaugh and reflects on gender equality," 2 July 2019 Libras are in a constant chase for justice and equality, which probably explains Jimin's altruistic nature. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "BTS Members’ Zodiac Signs Will Prove Who You’re REALLY Compatible With," 24 June 2019 Along with her music, Grande has expanded her role as a prolific social-media influencer, feminist and supporter of LGBTQ equality. Ben Crandell, sun-sentinel.com, "Ticket alert: Ariana Grande bringing Sweetener Tour back to Miami," 24 June 2019

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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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