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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In order to have a fully equitable and participatory culture, our laws must guarantee widespread availability and accessibility of products for all who need them. Jordana Kier And Alex Friedman, Harper's BAZAAR, "Tampon Tax Is Just Another Example of Women's Inequality," 7 Dec. 2018 The question that a lot of the dinner discussion will aim to get at is how equitable conditions, in the broader sense, can be achieved. Noor Brara, Vogue, "How a Woman-Led Dinner Series, and the Country’s Best Chefs, Are Changing the Culinary Status Quo," 2 Apr. 2019 The reality is that we will all be affected by the adversity that young black people face in foster care until society finds equitable ways of supporting black families and their children. Amnoni L Myers, The Root, "Black Children and Foster Care: On Surviving the Trauma of a System That Doesn’t Care About Keeping Families Together," 28 May 2018 Also, this bill is the most equitable way for all of us, with the lower-wage earners paying less, while the upper level earners will be paying rates up to 7 percent. Anchorage Daily News, "Fair income tax will help Alaska to a sustainable budget," 18 Jan. 2018 Once the shuttles prove themselves as a neighborhood circulator downtown, then Columbus will explore how this new technology can help make transit more equitable. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Autonomous shuttle tech gets test run in Ohio," 23 Oct. 2018 To diversify schools in District 3, and make access to popular schools more equitable, the department has proposed setting aside 25% of seats in each middle school for struggling students. Leslie Brody, WSJ, "In High-Stress School Admissions Process, Some Students Win in Second Shot," 27 May 2018 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

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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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