Definition of equity in English:


Syllabification: eq·ui·ty
Pronunciation: /ˈekwitē

noun (plural equities)

  • 1The quality of being fair and impartial: equity of treatment
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    • It was based on principles of equity, people-centredness, quality and accountability.
    • Where are the health strategy principles of quality, equity, and accessibility?
    • The focus here has rarely been on equity or on a fair deal for the poor.
  • 1.1 Law A branch of law that developed alongside common law in order to remedy some of its defects in fairness and justice, formerly administered in special courts.
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    • As stated, the common law and equity each developed the duty of care, but they did so independently of each other.
    • Many other acts by the plaintiffs are also prohibited, whether by statute, common law or equity, or under the Treaty.
    • This rule has always been statutory and does not arise from either common law or equity.
  • 1.2 (Equity) (In the US, UK, and several other countries) a trade union to which most professional actors belong.
  • 2The value of the shares issued by a company: he owns 62% of the group’s equity
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    • The board of IDBI Bank will meet on May 19 to consider a rights issue of its equity shares.
    • They align incentives around enterprise-level outcomes such as market share and return on equity.
    • Like all convertible bonds, CoCos can be swapped for equity if the share price reaches a certain target.
    value, worth; ownership, rights, proprietorship
  • 2.1 (equities) Stocks and shares that carry no fixed interest.
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    • They can now invest in a complete range of assets from property to equities and bonds.
    • Many investors act primarily as consumers of equities rather than as shared proprietors.
    • Today, the herd talks of giving up on equities just when stocks have never been cheaper.
  • 3The value of a mortgaged property after deduction of charges against it.
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    • The equity in the properties appears to be in the region of £9 million.
    • While living in his house, he refinanced it repeatedly, pulling out equity to buy other properties.
    • As a result, the ratio of mortgage debt to home equity is at near-record highs.


Middle English: from Old French equité, from Latin aequitas, from aequus 'equal'.

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