characterized by equity or fairness; just and right; fair; reasonable: equitable treatment of all citizens.
  1. pertaining to or valid in equity.
  2. pertaining to the system of equity, as distinguished from the common law.

Origin of equitable

First recorded in 1640–50; equit(y) + -able
Related formseq·ui·ta·bil·i·ty, eq·ui·ta·ble·ness, nouneq·ui·ta·bly, adverbnon·eq·ui·ta·ble, adjectivenon·eq·ui·ta·bly, adverbqua·si-eq·ui·ta·ble, adjectivequa·si-eq·ui·ta·bly, adverb
Can be confusedequable equitable

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Historical Examples of equitable

  • Not if the tenure of power is dependent upon its equitable administration.


    Rafael Sabatini

  • Some one answered that "was an equitable statement of the case."

  • Be of good courage, Mr. Fielding is a just and equitable magistrate.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete

    Jacques Casanova de Seingalt

  • Early in the day, these architects had made an equitable division of their duties.

    The Pioneers

    James Fenimore Cooper

  • That's a perfectly fair and equitable division of responsibility.

    The Galaxy Primes

    Edward Elmer Smith

British Dictionary definitions for equitable



impartial or reasonable; fair; justan equitable decision
law relating to or valid in equity, as distinct from common law or statute law
law (formerly) recognized in a court of equity only, as claims, rights, etc
Derived Formsequitableness, nounequitably, adverb

Word Origin for equitable

C17: from French équitable, from équité equity
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Word Origin and History for equitable

1640s, from French équitable (16c.), from équité (see equity). Related: Equitably.

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