Definition of equity in English:

equity

noun

  • 1The quality of being fair and impartial:

    ‘equity of treatment’
    • ‘They are also important tools for building a more democratic and equitable food system, and for generating sustainable growth with equity.’
    • ‘Educators must take the responsibility to expand and enhance commitments to gender equity.’
    • ‘He said he was a socialist who believed in justice, fair play and equity and was proud of this.’
    • ‘The argument for coursework seems to be one from equity: that it is fairer to those who ‘aren't so good at exams’.’
    • ‘These do not have perpetual obligation, except in the case of civil laws, as general wisdom and equity may demand.’
    • ‘Where are the health strategy principles of quality, equity, and accessibility?’
    • ‘Nevertheless the whole episode showed the wisdom and equity of the rain check in American football.’
    • ‘But a declining commitment to global equity is inconsistent with our evolving brand.’
    • ‘As director general my priorities would be driven by a commitment to equity and alleviation of disparities.’
    • ‘His concern was not for the fee income lost, however, but because discounting would undermine principles of fairness and equity.’
    • ‘Rather, we should be working towards the election of a national Government that cares about equity, and a fair go for all.’
    • ‘Fairness and equity are bedrock Labour principles, and they are reflected in this Budget.’
    • ‘It is an extremely important principle, one of equity and anti-discrimination.’
    • ‘Almost no conservatives argue against the principle of gender equity.’
    • ‘Our family of hospitals is wholeheartedly committed to equity and equality.’
    • ‘The view of equity as equal treatment was reflected in the expressed beliefs of the teachers in our study.’
    • ‘The spokeswoman said the commission is guided by a principle of equity and fairness for all students.’
    • ‘Standards weren't perfect before, but there was a degree of equity in the treatment.’
    • ‘The focus here has rarely been on equity or on a fair deal for the poor.’
    • ‘It was based on principles of equity, people-centredness, quality and accountability.’
    fairness, fair-mindedness, justness, justice, equitableness, fair play
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    1. 1.1Law A branch of law that developed alongside common law and is concerned with fairness and justice, formerly administered in special courts:
      ‘if there is any conflict between the principles of common law and equity, equity prevails’
      • ‘Yes, the common law and equity jurisdiction was extended, was it not?’
      • ‘As stated, the common law and equity each developed the duty of care, but they did so independently of each other.’
      • ‘Many other acts by the plaintiffs are also prohibited, whether by statute, common law or equity, or under the Treaty.’
      • ‘This rule has always been statutory and does not arise from either common law or equity.’
      • ‘It contains chapters on contracts, torts, restitution, property, and equity.’
      • ‘We say we are able to bring this case both at common law and at equity.’
  • 2The value of the shares issued by a company:

    ‘he owns 62% of the group's equity’
    • ‘It provides equity capital to enterprises not quoted on a stock market.’
    • ‘The board of IDBI Bank will meet on May 19 to consider a rights issue of its equity shares.’
    • ‘A stance should be taken on taxing dividends from equity mutual fund schemes.’
    • ‘We aim to provide committed, long term equity to the business and its shareholders.’
    • ‘The company recouped losses in the second quarter from equity market losses.’
    • ‘The equity share portfolios are managed as controlled or as pro-actively advised portfolios.’
    • ‘Managers have been encouraged to address equity and market issues as well as they can with limited funds.’
    • ‘The scandal was a contributing factor to a slide in world equity markets, knocking billions off stock values.’
    • ‘Measures of revenue and profit are more volatile than the book value of shareholders' equity.’
    • ‘Most people don't know much about financing and equity issues, so they tend to need a lot of information in this area.’
    • ‘Funds beyond the 1 percent level would be used to reward faculty or address market and equity issues.’
    • ‘Like all convertible bonds, CoCos can be swapped for equity if the share price reaches a certain target.’
    • ‘Much will depend on equity markets and merger and acquisition activity continuing in a healthy state.’
    • ‘The group has increased its cash holdings since becoming worried, a few months ago, that equity valuations are looking stretched.’
    • ‘With a lousy economy and a sinking stock market, equity funds were doomed.’
    • ‘They align incentives around enterprise-level outcomes such as market share and return on equity.’
    • ‘It is also likely that the issue of equity will be aggravated by the accession of poorer countries from Eastern Europe in the medium term.’
    • ‘It might be through equity - owning a share of some oil businesses.’
    • ‘The company has the option to convert 65 per cent of its equity into company shares.’
    • ‘Increases above this amount will be based on individual merit and market or equity issues.’
    value, worth, valuation
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    1. 2.1equities Stocks and shares that carry no fixed interest:
      ‘trading in equities is governed by market rules’
      • ‘Under the proposed changes councils will be allowed to buy shares and equities and invest on the money markets.’
      • ‘It is too early to call the top for equities because shares prices tend to carry on rising even when the interest rate cycle has turned.’
      • ‘The fund invests in gold mining company shares and has a small holding in platinum and silver equities.’
      • ‘One advantage of corporate bonds over equities for investors is what happens if the company falls on hard times.’
      • ‘Income arising from dividends from equities, life assurance products and pensions will not be affected.’
      • ‘When equities are climbing, investors' only concern is the share price.’
      • ‘The balance of probability still favours equities outperforming bonds in the medium term.’
      • ‘The funds can buy equities, sell short and leverage their best ideas by buying and selling options.’
      • ‘Today, the herd talks of giving up on equities just when stocks have never been cheaper.’
      • ‘As a group, equities receive a double plus weighting, bonds a double minus and cash is labelled a zero.’
      • ‘Investors who shy away from the risk of equities and the negligible interest on cash savings may prefer to buy bonds.’
      • ‘Cynics say the sudden revival in private investors' interest in equities is also a sign that the best is over.’
      • ‘They can now invest in a complete range of assets from property to equities and bonds.’
      • ‘Historically equities have tended to outperform all other investment asset classes.’
      • ‘The choices will range from low risk to medium risk managed funds invested in a mix of equities.’
      • ‘Investors are likely to become appreciably richer by investing in equities, rather than bonds or cash.’
      • ‘Many investors act primarily as consumers of equities rather than as shared proprietors.’
      • ‘It is noteworthy that property has now outperformed Irish equities in each of the last five years.’
      • ‘This is very good news for highly geared economies, such as the US and UK, and of course for equities.’
      • ‘Now may well be a sensible time to reconsider the merits of equities, and growth stocks in particular.’
  • 3The value of a mortgaged property after deduction of charges against it:

    ‘people who have built up a significant amount of equity in their homes’
    • ‘While living in his house, he refinanced it repeatedly, pulling out equity to buy other properties.’
    • ‘Home equity loans with tax deductible interest payments are used to pay for vacation trips.’
    • ‘Should you move after living in a home for only a few years, you may have little or no equity in the property.’
    • ‘Releasing equity in a property can be a convenient source of funds, but it isn't always an appropriate plan, given the additional debt burden.’
    • ‘It is estimated at this stage that net equity in the properties is in the region of £600,000.’
    • ‘A cash-out involves refinancing your mortgage and taking your equity out in cash.’
    • ‘When that new mortgage was registered, there was clearly equity in the property.’
    • ‘That way you'd end up with a big mortgage, not much equity, no investments and a cold retirement.’
    • ‘Divorcees tend to have a fair amount of equity but, especially if you don't have a full-time job, a relatively low income.’
    • ‘Under the loans scheme, homeowners and landlords can release equity from their properties to carry out urgent and major work.’
    • ‘The equity in the properties appears to be in the region of £9 million.’
    • ‘But relying solely on rising house prices to create equity in your property is precarious to say the least.’
    • ‘It appears that the amount of equity we have in our homes has tripled in value over the last decade.’
    • ‘If I were a first-time buyer today without any other equity in property, I could not afford to buy it.’
    • ‘Many people choose to draw equity from their UK properties rather than having to take out a new mortgage.’
    • ‘Banks will lend money for additional land depending on the amount of equity and security the farmer has.’
    • ‘This is often done by selling their existing property, releasing equity and then living in a caravan on site while the project commences.’
    • ‘As a result, the ratio of mortgage debt to home equity is at near-record highs.’
    • ‘Perhaps the value of your home has shot up so much in the last few years that you feel comfortable knowing that you are sitting on a fair amount of equity.’
    • ‘As a long-term investment, property is quite favorable as investors can borrow at low rates and use the free equity in one property to buy another.’
  • 4(in the UK, US, and several other countries) a trade union to which all professional actors must belong:

    [as modifier] ‘an Equity card’

Origin

Middle English: from Old French equité, from Latin aequitas, from aequus equal.

Pronunciation:

equity

/ˈɛkwɪti/