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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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 The idea is to restore not only the infrastructure, but also the civic leadership that helped build this once-thriving center in the first place — and to empower residents to advocate for equitable funding in the future. Samantha Melamed, Philly.com, "Can a new basketball court save a struggling Philly neighborhood?," 27 June 2018 Spain is doing a lot better in this realm than many other countries Sánchez’s move sets his country apart from most countries around the world, which are still struggling to achieve equitable female representation in top government positions. Madeleine Ngo, Vox, "Spain’s new prime minister just appointed a majority-female cabinet. That’s a big deal.," 8 June 2018 New money could be added to their accounts, providing a direct, equitable boost to spending. The Economist, "Central banks should consider offering accounts to everyone," 26 May 2018 Councilmembers Claudia Balducci, Jeanne Kohl-Welles and Joe McDermott voted against the ordinance; Balducci emphasized a need for equitable funding for groups under 4Culture’s umbrella. Jessica Lee, The Seattle Times, "Metropolitan King County Council has voted to give itself new oversight of 4Culture. Here’s what we know," 19 Mar. 2018 Brockton has long fought for equitable school funding. James Vaznis, BostonGlobe.com, "Struggling Brockton schools may sue the state," 17 Mar. 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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