noun, plural eq·ui·ties.
- Also called chancery. the application of the dictates of conscience or the principles of natural justice to the settlement of controversies.
- Also called chancery. a system of jurisprudence or a body of doctrines and rules developed in England and followed in the U.S., serving to supplement and remedy the limitations and the inflexibility of the common law.
- an equitable or legally valid right or claim.
- equity of redemption.
- "Made a judge, and the judge of an adored woman, he found in his soul the equity of a judge as well as the inflexibility."-Honoré de Balzac transl. by Katharine Prescott Wormeley Farragus: Chief of the Dévorants (1895)
- "[H]ome equity borrowing has enormous disadvantages. Home, sweet home is the collateral. If you fall behind on payments, the bank could take it."-Mark Green, Nancy Youman The Consumer Bible: 1001 Ways to Shop Smart (1998)
- "Equity represents ownership in the firm and consists of retained profits and shares issued either privately or through a stock market."-Robert Y. Redlinger, Per Dannemand Andersen, Poul Erik Morthorst Wind Energy in the 21st Century (2002)
- "Equity insisted that striking actors be allowed to return to the positions they held at the time of the walkout."-Matthew Kennedy Marie Dressler: a A Biography (1999)
It was not until the late 16th century that a new meaning—one that placed equity in the arena of law—emerged. Perhaps because many of the usages of equity involved legal disputes over rights and claims of ownership, by the turn of the 20th century, the word started being used in another sector: finance. It was at this point that terms such as “home equity” and “equity loan” became common finance terms. At the same time, equity started popping up in terms of stock and asset ownership.
In 1913, a small group of actors founded the labor union, Actors’ Equity Association—proof that the original sense of equity was still very much alive. This union, often referred to simply as “Equity” (with a capital E), fights for the rights of actors in the spirit of equity’s Latin roots.
Examples from the Web for equities
He was an equities trader with Solomon Brothers who was laid off in 1981 with a $10 million severance package.Bloomberg Terminal Scandal Makes Bunga-Bunga Parties Seem Quaint|Stuart Stevens|May 13, 2013|DAILY BEAST
These days, however, sophisticated investors and those with large pools of capital are trading in everything but U.S. equities.
In its recent quarter, Goldman showed massive declines in its trading revenues of both bonds and equities, 20 to 30 percent.
China holds about $1.5 trillion in Treasury bonds, equities and the like.
I fail to appreciate the equities which entitle this claimant to further hearing.A Compilation of the Messages and Papers of the Presidents|Grover Cleveland
Pierre will sign proper orders, and convey at any time all his interests and equities.Oswald Langdon|Carson Jay Lee
In all discussions of the subject the creditors attempt to brush aside the equities involved by sneering at the debtors.
Following these necessities, new rules, regulations and customs will be established, protecting the rights and equities of all.History of Steam on the Erie Canal|Anonymous
As the goods are sold, so are the equities in them released, and the balance is credited to the mill.The Fabric of Civilization|Anonymous
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noun plural -ties
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In real estate, the financial value of someone's property over and above the amount the person owes on mortgages. For example, if you buy a house for $100,000, paying $20,000 down and borrowing $80,000, your equity in the house is $20,000. As you pay off the principal of the loan, your equity will rise.