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  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.
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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
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  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
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Derived Formsequitableness, nounequitably, adverb

Word Origin

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



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

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