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 Last July, the city council gave $15,000 to the Arts Council Park City and Summit County for four murals celebrating diversity and equality. Bryan Schott, The Salt Lake Tribune, 29 May 2021 The Clio Music Impact Award presented by Citi is granted to a female artist who embodies the #SeeHerHearHer mission of promoting gender equality and representation in the music industry. Taylor Mims, Billboard, 26 May 2021 From Dallas to Washington, DC, to Minneapolis, Floyd's name will echo across the country in recognition of a man who has become a symbol in the fight for racial equality and police reform. Nicquel Terry Ellis, CNN, 25 May 2021 The Walker’s Legacy Foundation, which is named in her honor, provides entrepreneurial, financial and professional support to improve economic equality and entrepreneurial prosperity for women and girls of color. Rhett Buttle, Forbes, 25 May 2021 Her work involved research on climate change and education, as well as gender equality and education around the world. David Anderson, baltimoresun.com, 21 May 2021 These approaches would integrate sustainability, equality and diversity, giving everyone, especially the most marginalized, a voice. Ashish Kothari, Scientific American, 20 May 2021 So is a spirit of fairness, justice, equality and inclusion, so that all city residents have a chance to thrive. Star Tribune, 20 May 2021 In each case, the police violence served as an object lesson in the civil rights movements’ central argument: that the freedom, equality and opportunity at the heart of the American project had not been fully extended to Black citizens. New York Times, 19 May 2021

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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 13 Jun. 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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