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

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 This tool kit provides a framework to support targeting specific segments of the population to determine the potential implications of traits or varieties for gender equality. Vivian Polar, Scientific American, 25 July 2022 But by the 2010s, many at the institute had come to believe that America had fallen into precipitous cultural decline, accelerated, in their view, by the left’s demands for racial and gender equality. Isaac Stanley-becker, Washington Post, 24 July 2022 Agent of Change) Award at the 2022 Premios Juventud on Thursday (July 21), in recognition of her defense of women and for her commitment and activism in the fight for equality. Griselda Flores, Billboard, 21 July 2022 Calls for equality have so far been stymied by a powerful Christian lobby that has blocked politicians from passing laws banning discrimination. Kim Tong-hyung, BostonGlobe.com, 16 July 2022 Morgan is today being recognized for his creative genius, personal bravery and clear position at the sharp end of the fight for equality. Fox News, 15 July 2022 Her career was and has always been just as much about the fight for equality as coaching. Gabby Hajduk, The Indianapolis Star, 1 July 2022 She’s a brilliant reformer who travels around the world advocating for gender equality. Phoebe Gates, Vogue, 1 July 2022 The #MeToo movement helped bring Kelly down, but Hampton says an apology from Kelly would have had increased value now that the cause for gender equality is facing a stiff backlash. Etan Vlessing, The Hollywood Reporter, 30 June 2022 See More

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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 12 Aug. 2022.

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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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