[ ek-wi-tuh-buhl ]
/ ˈɛk wɪ tə bəl /


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 forms
Can be confusedequable equitable
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British Dictionary definitions for equitable


/ (ˈɛkwɪtəbəl) /


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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