eq·​ui·​ta·​ble | \ ˈe-kwə-tə-bəl How to pronounce equitable (audio) \

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

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Other Words from equitable

equitability \ ˌe-​kwə-​tə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce equitability (audio) \ noun
equitableness \ ˈe-​kwə-​tə-​bəl-​nəs How to pronounce equitableness (audio) \ noun
equitably \ ˈe-​kwə-​tə-​blē How to pronounce equitably (audio) \ adverb

Choose the Right Synonym for 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

Examples of equitable in a Sentence

They reached an equitable settlement of their dispute. fighting for a more equitable distribution of funds an equitable system of taxation
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The hypothesis is that having hen would help people build a more equitable society. Adam Rogers, WIRED, "Actually, Gender-Neutral Pronouns Can Change a Culture," 15 Aug. 2019 Foner’s narrative explores the radical aspirations of the politicians and activists who envisioned these amendments, and the Supreme Court decisions that narrowed their scope, leaving their promise of a racially equitable society unfulfilled. Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, "The Buried Promise of the Reconstruction Amendments," 9 Sep. 2019 This means there’s a strong case for demanding concessions from car infrastructure to facilitate walking, biking, and scooter riding — transit options that are more equitable and easier to access. Umair Irfan, Vox, "Electric scooters’ sudden invasion of American cities, explained," 7 Sep. 2018 The Toronto International Film Festival has tried to play an active role in shifting the awards-season conversation toward more equitable terrain. Washington Post, "Female directors hope to write a new script for Oscar season," 11 Sep. 2019 Uber, Lyft and other ride-sharing drivers went on strike before Uber's IPO in May, demanding, among other things, a more equitable pay structure. CBS News, "California approves bill that will turn gig workers into employees," 11 Sep. 2019 These days, pre-employment and pre-apprenticeship programs create formal on-ramps for workers to employers looking to hire—a more equitable form of access than requiring workers to rely on personal networks, which are often segregated. Fortune, "We Can Fix the Racial Wealth Gap by Reforming Hiring Practices," 3 Sep. 2019 Expectations are that there will a more equitable workload split between Lindsay and Royce Freeman in 2019, but Lindsay rushed for 1,037 yards (5.4 YPC), added 35 catches for 241 yards and scored a total of 10 touchdowns as a rookie. Kevin Hanson, SI.com, "Fantasy Football 2019: 10 Undervalued Players," 29 Aug. 2019 Instead of a top-down approach, leaders are including the broader community to arrive at more equitable solutions. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland.com, "Cuyahoga County inmates likely to spend more time behind bars with Judge Joseph D. Russo: The Wake Up for Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019," 20 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of equitable

1598, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of equitable

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


eq·​ui·​ta·​ble | \ ˈe-kwi-tə-bəl How to pronounce equitable (audio) \

Legal Definition of equitable

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

Other Words from equitable

equitability \ ˌe-​kwi-​tə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce equitability (audio) \ noun
equitableness noun
equitably adverb

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