Definition of equitable in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈɛkwɪtəb(ə)l/


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.
fair, just;
impartial, even-handed, fair-minded, unbiased, unprejudiced, non-discriminatory, anti-discrimination, unbigoted, egalitarian, with no axe to grind, without fear or favour;
honest, right, rightful, proper, decent, good, honourable, upright, scrupulous, conscientious, above board;
reasonable, sensible;
disinterested, objective, neutral, uncoloured, dispassionate, non-partisan, balanced, open-minded
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.



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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.


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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.


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

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