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 For a fiesty 93-year-old Texan named Opal Lee, the coronavirus pandemic is just another obstacle on the long road to equality. Jericka Duncan, CBS News, "Meet Opal Lee, the 93-year-old Texan who has spent her life trying to make Juneteenth a holiday," 19 June 2020 Floyd's death has resulted in Black Lives Matter protests calling for racial equality and an end to police brutality. Ben Morse And Amanda Davies, CNN, "'That could've been me,' two-time Olympic gold winner Christian Taylor reflects on George Floyd's death," 19 June 2020 Throughout his career and afterward, Ashe fought for racial equality and civil rights, notably the movement to end apartheid in South Africa. Chris Bumbaca, USA TODAY, "Statue of Arthur Ashe in Richmond, Virginia defaced with 'White Lives Matter' spray paint," 17 June 2020 Black churches are great forces for justice, equality and human dignity in our nation. Paul Bedard, Washington Examiner, "Ivanka Trump praises black churches, ‘great forces for justice, equality, human dignity’," 16 June 2020 Here, meet the women who are on the front lines of equality and visibility for women in sports. Glamour, "The Women Redefining What Sports Mean Today," 16 June 2020 While Switzerland has one of the strongest economies in the world with one of the highest life expectancies, the country falls behind on metrics related to gender equality. Mélissa Godin, Time, "Women In Switzerland Scream In Protest Of Gender Inequality," 15 June 2020 Giannis and his teammates have done more than just lock themselves in home gyms; several Bucks players joined protesters in Milwaukee seeking racial equality and social justice. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Giannis Antetokounmpo incorporates son into workout in adorable viral video," 15 June 2020 In the absence of equality and equivalent legal support for the same, protests are one significant method to produce change. David Reamer, Anchorage Daily News, "How Alaska’s black community fought against police harassment, arson and rampant discrimination for civil rights," 15 June 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 6 Jul. 2020.

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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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