Definition of equality in English:



  • 1mass noun The state of being equal, especially in status, rights, or opportunities.

    ‘an organization aiming to promote racial equality’
    • ‘The value of equality of opportunity gets most of its practical force from its opposition to systematic discrimination.’
    • ‘Moreover, not everything is done to ensure equality of opportunity.’
    • ‘Can marriage be reformed to serve as a public status that promotes equality and liberty?’
    • ‘We also know that the labour movement has to work very hard to ensure that same equality of access and opportunity in the union.’
    • ‘The Government advocates equality of opportunity for every child.’
    • ‘All the evidence shows, that if you want to promote social mobility and equality of opportunity, you have to start early.’
    • ‘But equality of aspiration is not matched by equality of opportunity.’
    • ‘It's no secret that great numbers of jobs are sewn up from the inside, despite claims of equality of opportunity.’
    • ‘The report also sets out a new public sector duty to promote equality of opportunity for people with mental health problems.’
    • ‘When we promote equality, we need to make sure that we are promoting equality of opportunity.’
    • ‘Parliament alone can give equality of opportunity and thereby increase liberty for all.’
    • ‘They want to see people given a fair go, they want equality of opportunity, and they want fairness.’
    • ‘The striking workers are demanding equality of promotion opportunities with their colleagues.’
    • ‘For example, complete negative freedom would not provide equality of opportunity, outcome, or treatment.’
    • ‘Many people think of feminism as a movement that promotes gender equality and opportunity.’
    • ‘Does equality of opportunity matter more than equality of outcome?’
    • ‘We should be striving to create a meritocratic society with equality of opportunity, not equality of outcome.’
    • ‘A new settlement must be able to deliver equality of opportunity for unionists as well as nationalists.’
    • ‘It's easy to say one is in favour of equality of opportunity.’
    • ‘People disagree about what is needed to ensure fair equality of opportunity.’
    fairness, justness, equitability, impartiality, even-handedness, egalitarianism, equal rights, equal opportunities, non-discrimination
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  • 2Mathematics
    A symbolic expression of the fact that two quantities are equal; an equation.

    • ‘Relationships between other values from different quantity spaces can be defined using equalities and correspondences.’
    • ‘There is a clear violation of strand symmetry in the loop regions: the intrastrand equalities of A = T and G = C expected at equilibrium are not obeyed.’
    • ‘In full equilibrium, as Johnson pointed out, both equalities hold (the economy is at the IS-LM intersection) and the two theories are formally identical.’
    • ‘In a series of papers published over the following years Edmonds examined a whole variety of different conditions on the functions f and g which give the required equalities.’
    • ‘The formal algebraic manipulation of series investigated by Lagrange and Laplace in the 1770s was put in the form of operator equalities by Arbogast in 1800 in Calcul des dérivations.’


Late Middle English: via Old French from Latin aequalitas, from aequalis (see equal).