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.
SYNONYMS FOR equity
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Origin of equity
historical usage of equity
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.
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Example sentences from the Web for equity
Private boards should follow suit and make pay equity a board-level conversation by asking for documented pay practices, promotion and termination distributions, and results of regular pay equity reviews.
Lawmakers have failed to reach agreement on extending $600-a-week supplemental benefits, which expired in July and helped bring some semblance of regional equity to America’s patchwork social safety net.There are only 2 states paying Trump’s $300 unemployment benefits so far. Here’s where the rest stand|Lee Clifford|August 25, 2020|Fortune
Dan Ives, managing director of equity research at Wedbush Securities, tells Fortune he expects a 5% to 10% correction in the stock market if Congress fails to pass more stimulus in the next month.‘There’s going to be a selloff in the stock market’ if Congress doesn’t pass more stimulus|Lance Lambert|August 23, 2020|Fortune
The funding vehicle has gained traction amid the pandemic as private equity shops, hedge funds, CEOs seek to take advantage of the market dislocation.
Momentum from the tech rally, and some promising vaccine news are pushing global equities and futures higher this morning.Investors ride the Big Tech rally even as COVID cases and unemployment spike|Bernhard Warner|August 21, 2020|Fortune
After three years in London, he moved to the Structured Equity Finance Trading branch in Hong Kong.Hong Kong’s High-Flying British Psycho Killer Suspect|Nico Hines, Tom Sykes|November 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
A wealthy private equity investor, Orman is a social moderate and fiscal conservative.The Independents Who Could Tip the Senate in November|Linda Killian|October 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
On the other hand, Brazilian private equity firm 3G is the majority owner of Burger King, which is based in Florida.The Democrats Have Found a New Boogeyman, and It’s Burger King|Tim Mak|August 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
By joining a private equity firm, the former Florida governor and 2016 hopeful is gambling with his reputation.
So, if Jeb Bush is really considering a White House run in 2016, why is he in the private equity business now?
The terms law and equity are frequently used in the law books and require explanation.
Equity therefore is a broader term, and is in constant use in legal proceedings.
Every debt which may be recovered either at law or in equity may be proved in bankruptcy.
A court of equity though may do this, and enjoin a pledgee from voting the stock whenever the pledgor's rights would be affected.
A continued to practice as before and B applied to a court of equity to enjoin him.
British Dictionary definitions for equity (1 of 2)
noun plural -ties
Word Origin for equity
British Dictionary definitions for equity (2 of 2)
Cultural definitions for equity (1 of 2)
Cultural definitions for equity (2 of 2)
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.