[ ek-wi-tuh-buhl ]
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  1. characterized by equity or fairness; just and right; fair: equitable treatment of all citizens.

  2. Law.

    • pertaining to or valid in equity.

    • pertaining to the system of equity, as distinguished from the common law.

Origin of equitable

First recorded in 1640–50; equit(y) + -able

Other words for equitable

Opposites for equitable

Other words from equitable

  • eq·ui·ta·bil·i·ty [ek-wi-tuh-bil-i-tee], /ˌɛk wɪ təˈbɪl ɪ ti/, eq·ui·ta·ble·ness, noun
  • eq·ui·ta·bly, adverb
  • non·eq·ui·ta·ble, adjective
  • qua·si-eq·ui·ta·ble, adjective

Words that may be confused with equitable

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How to use equitable in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for equitable


/ (ˈɛkwɪtəbəl) /

  1. impartial or reasonable; fair; just: an equitable decision

  2. law relating to or valid in equity, as distinct from common law or statute law

  1. law (formerly) recognized in a court of equity only, as claims, rights, etc

Origin of equitable

C17: from French équitable, from équité equity

Derived forms of equitable

  • equitableness, noun
  • equitably, adverb

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