equality

noun
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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In the latter location, several celebrity speakers joined the cause, which called for change on a number of issues including women’s and LGBTQ rights, gender and racial equality, health care, and more. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Marisa Tomei Hit the Women’s March in a Colin Kaepernick Tee," 20 Jan. 2019 This type of violence is not new but resembles other periods in American history when Black Americans in particular would press for racial equality and voting rights only to be met by intense, violent backlash from whites. Bree Newsome, SELF, "The 2018 Midterm Elections Proved That Change Must Happen from the Ground Up," 15 Nov. 2018 The document also pledges to memorialize unmarked graves of African slaves, and implement policies that will encourage businesses to strive for racial equality. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Charleston, South Carolina, Formally Apologizes for Its Role in the Slave Trade," 20 June 2018 In 2013, Gucci founded CHIME FOR CHANGE, a global campaign fighting for gender equality. Sally Holmes, Marie Claire, "Gucci Releases New Report on Gender Fluidity in Generation Z," 21 Dec. 2018 Hanson created a legendary Twitter handle — @thatwasmymom — and in a literally perfect first tweet, disavowed her comments and claimed himself an ally of women in their struggle for equality. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Google has a big advantage over Facebook in a crisis," 10 Oct. 2018 The certification program began two years ago to address the needs of the aging Stonewall generation — LGBT people who were at the forefront of the national battles for equality and acceptance in the 20th century. Tara Bahrampour, Washington Post, "Retirement communities turn their sights on a once-invisible group: LGBT seniors," 8 July 2018 To ameliorate the conditions of African Americans living in Charleston going forward, the resolution pledges to work with businesses, schools, and cultural institutions to strive for racial equality and inclusion. Hallie Detrick, Fortune, "The City of Charleston is Considering a Slavery Apology. Here's What It Would Say," 19 June 2018 And last night in Arizona, Mike Pence gave his movement’s contempt for equality before the law some especially indecent exposure. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "Mike Pence Praises Joe Arpaio As Tireless Champion of the ‘Rule of Law’," 2 May 2018

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First Known Use of equality

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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equality

noun

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.

equality

noun
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

equality

noun
equal·​i·​ty

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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