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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Our squad includes any person committed to building a more equitable and just world. Fortune, "Congresswomen Fire Back at Trump, Say ‘Our Squad is Big. We Will Not Be Silenced’," 15 July 2019 Employees also said that women and minorities did not have equitable opportunities for promotion. New York Times, "Employee Activism Is Alive in Tech. It Stops Short of Organizing Unions.," 8 July 2019 To ensure all Floridians receive an equitable opportunity to succeed, appropriately funding the Florida College System must be a priority. miamiherald, "Leigh-Ann Buchanan," 30 June 2018 Quality education creates equitable opportunities for all children. Nick Hollkamp, The Courier-Journal, "Kentucky voters guide: Who's running for Louisville Metro Council," 13 May 2018 This is fundamental to equitable and just societies. Joe Lubin, Quartz, "Facebook’s cryptocurrency is a centralized wolf in decentralized sheep’s clothing," 21 June 2019 Around ten years ago, Lazonick started a nonprofit organization called the Academic-Industry Research Network, which now has around a dozen academics around the world, and explores ways of fostering equitable, long-term economic growth. Sheelah Kolhatkar, The New Yorker, "The Economist Who Put Stock Buybacks in Washington’s Crosshairs," 20 June 2019 Then again, a more equitable mix of salt and water could allow life there to thrive—especially if that ocean is as active as our own. Shannon Hall, Scientific American, "Water on Europa—with a Pinch of Salt," 12 June 2019 The two-time Olympian is one of the players leading the charge for more equitable pay and support from U.S. Soccer. SI.com, "Meet the 23," 4 June 2019

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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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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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