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

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Other Words from equitable

equitability \ˌe-​kwə-​tə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē \ noun
equitableness \ˈe-​kwə-​tə-​bəl-​nəs \ noun
equitably \ˈe-​kwə-​tə-​blē \ adverb

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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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But attaching so much weight to these tests and using them to determine a child’s educational track may not be equitable for every student. Haley Hershenson, Teen Vogue, "My SAT Scores Don’t Define Me," 4 Oct. 2018 Fair Trade Emphasizes sustainable farming methods, support for local communities’ economic development, and safe and equitable conditions—including fair wages—to ensure that workers and local producers in the developing world are not exploited. Lindsay Talbot, Marie Claire, "Your Everything Guide to a Sustainable Closet," 19 July 2018 Peace First provides young people opportunities to make their communities safer, more just, more equitable, and — perhaps most importantly — more loving and compassionate. Elly Belle, Teen Vogue, "The Peace First Summit Celebrated Young Activists Committed to Making the World a More Peaceful Place," 20 Sep. 2018 Fox, 31, a program manager for Health Equity Solutions, a city nonprofit that advocates for equitable health care access, could join the panel as soon as Monday. Jenna Carlesso, Courant Community, "Hartford Council Members Name Replacement For Cynthia Jennings," 21 June 2018 Breakthroughs in bioscience present extraordinary possibilities for the future of health, but serious questions exist about equitable access — let alone ethical progress. Per Kristian Hong, STAT, "The 1 percent will continue to get healthier. The 99 percent should, too," 24 Apr. 2018 Rather than waiting for Hollywood studios to change, actors and filmmakers have been seeking ways to force more equitable and representative hiring. Fortune, "The Shape of Water Wins Best Picture as Oscars Target Social Change," 4 Mar. 2018 Finding that some students were nonetheless unprepared for advanced courses, the school implemented measures to create equitable access to rigorous curriculums. Valerie Strauss, Washington Post, "How one Maryland high school successfully boosted minority student enrollment in advanced classes," 10 July 2018 Seems equitable enough, except when a mix of fate and quirky results unintentionally dumps all the best teams on one side of it. Mark Zeigler, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Winners, losers, trends and lessons from the World Cup's first round," 28 June 2018

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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

: just or fair : dealing fairly and equally with everyone


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 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 \ noun
equitableness noun
equitably adverb

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