equitable

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

  • The laws of the Empire become a model of humanity, equitableness, and simplicity.

    Lux Mundi

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British Dictionary definitions for equitableness

equitable

adjective
  1. impartial or reasonable; fair; justan equitable decision
  2. law relating to or valid in equity, as distinct from common law or statute law
  3. 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 equitableness

equitable

adj.

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

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