Definition of equitable in English:

equitable

Line breaks: equit|able
Pronunciation: /ˈɛkwɪtəb(ə)l
 
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adjective

1Fair and impartial: the equitable distribution of resources
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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
honest, right, rightful, proper, decent, good, honourable, upright, scrupulous, conscientious, above board;
reasonable, sensible;
informal fair and square, upfront, on the level
North American informal on the up and up
2 Law Valid in equity as distinct from law: the difference between legal and equitable rights 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

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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