equitable

adjective
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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And that’s posing a challenge for a president who — as a candidate — pledged to make trade deals more equitable for the United States. Ken Thomas, The Seattle Times, "Trump finds making good on his trade agenda isn’t so easy," 28 May 2018 Now, a few Hollywood players have developed technology that aims to do that: new screenplay software that can automatically tell whether a script is equitable for men and women. New York Times, "Is Your Script Gender-Balanced? Try This Test," 11 May 2018 The struggle for an equitable education system for all children continues. Arica L. Coleman, Time, "The County That Closed Its Public Schools Rather Than Desegregate After Brown v. Board of Education," 16 May 2018 Creating a safer and more equitable world takes strength, support and allies but a little more love goes a long way. Dia Dipasupil, Teen Vogue, "It's Not Enough to Cast Transgender Models if You Won't Fight for Transgender People," 22 Oct. 2018 But a new vision for mobility in the city, while lacking the flash—and sky-high price tag—of other metro-area transit overhauls, promises more equitable, and eclectic, solutions. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "9 cities with smart ideas to improve transportation," 18 Sep. 2018 Part of Chobani’s promise is being an equitable business that’s committed to its diverse workforce. Rani Molla, Recode, "Chobani CEO Hamdi Ulukaya says he would consider going public — but won’t sell to an industry giant," 18 Sep. 2018 In short, black people rightfully desired equitable public institutions—like schools—and wanted to make lives better for themselves and their families. Preston Mitchum, The Root, "Brown v. Board of Education,," 17 May 2018 But there are no consequences for coaches who win games while continually failing to graduate black male players at equitable rates. Shaun R. Harper, chicagotribune.com, "Good bet for the office NCAA pool: Black men will play and white men will profit," 11 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of equitable

1598, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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equitable

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of equitable

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

equitable

adjective
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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