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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Recent Examples on the Web And with more money, the owners and players must find a way to figure out an equitable system where everyone profits. Bob Nightengale, USA TODAY, "Is MLB's expanded postseason here to stay? Everybody pleased with wild-card ratings," 7 Oct. 2020 The plan the board members have laid out for our district does not seem to be equitable for all of our families at this time. Joe Heim, Washington Post, "Pandemic teaching, in their words," 6 Oct. 2020 Eliza McCullough, an associate at PolicyLink, a U.S. think tank that focuses on equality and race, proposes how smart cities could be more equitable. Eamon Barrett, Fortune, "Can Europe rebuild the Bauhaus?," 29 Sep. 2020 Tait said if Louisville knew their systems were equitable, officials would not have locked down the city and instituted a curfew ahead of the announcement. Cameron Knight, The Enquirer, "'Enough is enough': Demonstrators march after Breonna Taylor announcement," 23 Sep. 2020 Ultimately, Electrify America says the shift in pricing strategy will make for a far more simple, equitable system. Kyle Stock, Bloomberg.com, "Electrify America Follows Tesla in Pricing By Power," 22 Sep. 2020 Did our founding fathers falter in creating a country that was truly equitable for all? Zaneta Salde Encarnacion, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Commentary: Trump’s ban on diversity training is misguided. The training is neither divisive nor un-American.," 7 Sep. 2020 The site determined Arkansas ranked as the third most equitable system overall. Mike Masterson, Arkansas Online, "OPINION | MASTERSON ONLINE: Lean times ahead," 30 Aug. 2020 Olivia Raymond often imagines a future for Black people that is not just equitable, but magical. Savannah Eadens, The Courier-Journal, "Meet the woman who started Louisville's only Black publishing house," 28 Aug. 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'equitable.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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First Known Use of equitable

1598, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of equitable was in 1598

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19 Oct 2020

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“Equitable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/equitable. Accessed 22 Oct. 2020.

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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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