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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There is no limit to the potential of disabled black women who use our disabilities as our strength, taking on the world and bringing justice to a society devoid of equality. Ola Ojewumi, SELF, "I'm Celebrating My Disabled Black Girl Magic Because I'm Done Feeling Invisible," 7 Nov. 2018 The impact of this underrepresentation is wide-reaching, from re-enforcing the gender wage-gap (currently women make about 84 cents on the dollar compared to men) to weakened potential for innovation to the outright benefits of social equality. Hans Aschim, Harper's BAZAAR, "Three Women in Science Who Broke the Glass Ceiling," 5 Oct. 2018 Although the video is certainly funny, the issue of equality in rap is nothing to laugh about. Stacey Leasca, Glamour, "SNL Took On the Issue of Consent Last Night—and It Actually Went Very Well," 11 Nov. 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, chicagotribune.com, "Retirement communities turn their sights on a once-invisible group: LGBT seniors," 11 July 2018 Secretly for equality In an experiment, young married men in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, overwhelmingly believed, when asked privately, that women should be allowed to work outside the home, but were less sure that their peers would concur. Kevin Lewis, BostonGlobe.com, "Looking for negative signals," 6 July 2018 Those decisions led to two consent decrees put in place to assure racial and gender equality in the department. Kevin Grasha, Cincinnati.com, "1980s court decisions at center of racial divide lawsuit involving Cincinnati police," 14 June 2018 Food prepared by top chefs of color is served at the events, including sit-down dinners or cocktail parties, and the conversations that follow often deal with issues revolving around race and equality in the field. Terrell Jermaine Starr, The Root, "There Goes the Neighborhood: How Food Helps Drive Gentrification," 8 June 2018 Phillips tapped into the outcry over that shooting, emphasizing racial equality in his campaign speeches. Rachel Swan, San Francisco Chronicle, "Why challenges to district attorneys in state fell short," 6 June 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 \
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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