Definition of equitable in English:

equitable

Syllabification: eq·ui·ta·ble
Pronunciation: /ˈekwitəbəl
 
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adjective

1Fair and impartial: an equitable balance of power
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  • To be negotiable and have legitimacy, commitments generally need to be perceived to be reasonably fair and equitable.
  • The differential rates system was introduced at the start of this financial year to make rates fair and equitable.
  • We must all be vigilant before our fair and equitable system of health provision is dismantled before our eyes.
Synonyms
2 Law Valid in equity as distinct from law: the beneficiaries have an equitable interest in the property
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  • So far, we have been considering what happens if the tenant under an equitable lease assigns his interest.
  • These cases are the equitable counterpart of common law cases where the principle of res ipsa loquitur is invoked.
  • Equitable mortgages can also arise from an agreement for value to give a legal mortgage and on the mortgage of an equitable interest.

Origin

mid 16th century: from French équitable, from équité (see equity).

Derivatives

equitability

Pronunciation: /ˌekwitəˈbilitē/
noun
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  • This was not resolved until 1984 when it was agreed to modify the budget design mechanisms so as to ensure greater equitability in the distribution of financial burdens.
  • I doubt that they believed in the equitability of fate - especially when their only son turned out to be no more than another burden in their already overburdened lives.
  • Berman's plea also assumes that the entertainment industry must forever be dominated by a small handful of conglomerates, the equitability of whose revenue distribution can charitably be described as abysmal.

equitableness

noun
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  • At this stage, therefore, the equitableness of the original agreement is irrelevant as the boundary line is well established and can only be altered through mutual agreement.
  • The extravagant and lavish use of materials to be seen in these buildings raises the very valid question of whether architecture should not be practised in a manner that will bring more equitableness.
  • In the 1850s, Cardinal Newman affirmed that ‘knowledge is capable of being its own reward’ and wrote of the attributes of mind that arise from a liberal education as freedom, equitableness, calmness, moderation and wisdom.

equitably

adverb
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  • It is more important for the relief of poverty and diseases for a system to exist whereby resources are equitably and fairly distributed across the country.
  • Social justice is a matter of how equitably and fairly wealth, resources and opportunity are distributed in an economy, not the rate of growth per person in the economy.
  • The Liberal government must raise taxes fairly and equitably.

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