equitable

adjective eq·ui·ta·ble \ ˈe-kwə-tə-bəl \

Definition of equitable

1 :having or exhibiting equity :dealing fairly and equally with all concerned
  • an equitable settlement of the dispute
2 :existing or valid in equity as distinguished from law
  • an equitable defense

equitability

play \ˌe-kwə-tə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun

equitableness

play \ˈe-kwə-tə-bəl-nəs\ noun

equitably

play \ˈe-kwə-tə-blē\ adverb

Examples of equitable in a Sentence

  1. They reached an equitable settlement of their dispute.

  2. fighting for a more equitable distribution of funds

  3. an equitable system of taxation

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First Known Use of equitable

1598

Synonym Discussion of equitable

fair, just, equitable, impartial, unbiased, dispassionate, objective mean free from favor toward either or any side. fair implies a proper balance of conflicting interests.
    • a fair decision
just implies an exact following of a standard of what is right and proper.
    • a just settlement of territorial claims
equitable implies a less rigorous standard than just and usually suggests equal treatment of all concerned.
    • the equitable distribution of the property
impartial stresses an absence of favor or prejudice.
    • an impartial third party
unbiased implies even more strongly an absence of all prejudice.
    • your unbiased opinion
dispassionate suggests freedom from the influence of strong feeling and often implies cool or even cold judgment.
    • a dispassionate summation of the facts
objective stresses a tendency to view events or persons as apart from oneself and one's own interest or feelings.
    • I can't be objective about my own child

EQUITABLE Defined for English Language Learners

equitable

adjective

Definition of equitable for English Language Learners

  • : just or fair : dealing fairly and equally with everyone


Law Dictionary

equitable

adjective eq·ui·ta·ble \ ˈe-kwi-tə-bəl \

legal Definition of equitable

1 :having or exhibiting equity :dealing fairly and equally
  • shall allocate…payments in an equitable manner
  • U.S. Code
2 :existing or valid in equity or as a matter of equity as distinguished from law
  • an equitable defense
— compare legal 4

equitability

play \ˌe-kwi-tə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun

equitableness

noun

equitably

adverb


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