Definition of equity in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈɛkwɪti

noun (plural equities)

[mass noun]
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 and is concerned with fairness and justice, formerly administered in special courts: if there is any conflict between the principles of common law and equity, equity prevails
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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.
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, valuation;
ownership, rights, proprietorship, right of possession
2.1 (equities) Stocks and shares that carry no fixed interest: trading in equities is governed by market rules
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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: people who have built up a significant amount of equity in their homes
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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.
4 (Equity) (In the UK, US, and several other countries) a trade union to which all professional actors must belong: [as modifier]: an Equity card


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

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