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 equitable (audio) \ noun
equitableness \ ˈe-​kwə-​tə-​bəl-​nəs How to pronounce equitable (audio) \ noun
equitably \ ˈe-​kwə-​tə-​blē How to pronounce equitable (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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Recent Examples on the Web Private-sector companies like Accenture also have a role to play in building an equitable recovery. Chase Difeliciantonio, San Francisco Chronicle, "Business apprenticeship program seeks to create more opportunity for people without a college degree," 30 Apr. 2021 There's another way—to be more collaborative and equitable. Emily Dixon, Marie Claire, "Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade on What Makes Their Marriage Great: "We Meet in the Middle"," 30 Apr. 2021 He was used by the GOP to uphold and protect a system that has little interest in an equitable America. BostonGlobe.com, "Tim Scott is right. America has made progress. But it’s still racist," 29 Apr. 2021 Maxine Bédat is the director of New Standard Institute, a non-profit working with scientists and citizens to make the fashion industry more sustainable, ethical, and equitable. Maxine Bédat, Vogue, "Maxine Bédat Urges the Fashion Industry to Make a Change Now, Not in 2030," 29 Apr. 2021 Her business, Change Cadet, offers organizational development consulting for active, measurable strategies to ensure diverse, equitable workplaces. Allie Holloway; Styling By Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Nell Diamond Never Meant to Design the Dress for These Times," 27 Apr. 2021 How can the distribution of a Covid-19 vaccine be done in a safe and equitable manner? Gabriele Steinhauser, WSJ, "India’s Covid-19 Agonies Highlight Growing Rich-Poor Gap in Vaccinations," 27 Apr. 2021 What is the strategic plan over the next 5-10-15 years to ensure that there continues to be equitable solutions for all? Kimberly Wilson, Essence, "United Airlines New Diversity Officer Unveils Roadmap For Racial Equality," 26 Apr. 2021 Organizations such as the Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment and the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media have been leading the way in demanding more equitable representation. Jeremy Hsing, Fortune, "Oscar nominations are less white this year—but the Academy still has a long way to go," 24 Apr. 2021

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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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5 May 2021

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“Equitable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/equitable. Accessed 12 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of equitable

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


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 equitable (audio) \ noun
equitableness noun
equitably adverb

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