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equality

[ih-kwol-i-tee] /ɪˈkwɒl ɪ ti/
noun, plural equalities.
1.
the state or quality of being equal; correspondence in quantity, degree, value, rank, or ability:
promoting equality of opportunity in the workplace.
2.
uniform character, as of motion or surface.
3.
Mathematics. a statement that two quantities are equal; equation.
Origin of equality
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin aequālitāt- (stem of aequālitās). See equal, -ity
Related forms
proequality, adjective
subequality, noun, plural subequalities.
Synonyms
1. equivalency, parity, correspondence, sameness; justice, fairness, impartiality.
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  • And this ideal of equality and individuality was fixed in the American mind.

    'Tis Sixty Years Since Charles Francis Adams
  • No one justly may deny the equality of opportunity which made us what we are.

  • The officers and men were more nearly on a plane of equality.

    The Rock of Chickamauga Joseph A. Altsheler
  • The equality of poverty would have produced stagnation in civilisation.

    Freeland Theodor Hertzka
  • Certainly, real freedom and equality of rights presuppose some degree of culture.

    Freeland Theodor Hertzka
British Dictionary definitions for equality

equality

/ɪˈkwɒlɪtɪ/
noun (pl) -ties
1.
the state of being equal
2.
(maths) a statement, usually an equation, indicating that quantities or expressions on either side of an equal sign are equal in value
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Word Origin and History for equality
n.

late 14c., "evenness of surface, uniformity of size;" c.1400, in reference to amount or number, from Old French equalité (Modern French égalité, which form dates from 17c.), from Latin aequalitatem (nominative aequalitas) "equality, similarity, likeness" (also sometimes with reference to civil rights), from aequalis (see equal). Of privileges, rights, etc., from 1520s.

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