Definition of equity in English:



  • 1The quality of being fair and impartial.

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

    ‘he owns 62% of the group's equity’
    • ‘It might be through equity - owning a share of some oil businesses.’
    • ‘The board of IDBI Bank will meet on May 19 to consider a rights issue of its equity shares.’
    • ‘Funds beyond the 1 percent level would be used to reward faculty or address market and equity issues.’
    • ‘Most people don't know much about financing and equity issues, so they tend to need a lot of information in this area.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The group has increased its cash holdings since becoming worried, a few months ago, that equity valuations are looking stretched.’
    • ‘Increases above this amount will be based on individual merit and market or equity issues.’
    • ‘The equity share portfolios are managed as controlled or as pro-actively advised portfolios.’
    • ‘Like all convertible bonds, CoCos can be swapped for equity if the share price reaches a certain target.’
    • ‘A stance should be taken on taxing dividends from equity mutual fund schemes.’
    • ‘The company has the option to convert 65 per cent of its equity into company shares.’
    • ‘We aim to provide committed, long term equity to the business and its shareholders.’
    • ‘Much will depend on equity markets and merger and acquisition activity continuing in a healthy state.’
    • ‘With a lousy economy and a sinking stock market, equity funds were doomed.’
    • ‘The company recouped losses in the second quarter from equity market losses.’
    • ‘They align incentives around enterprise-level outcomes such as market share and return on equity.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It provides equity capital to enterprises not quoted on a stock market.’
    value, worth, valuation
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    1. 2.1Stocks and shares that carry no fixed interest.
      ‘trading in equities is governed by market rules’
      • ‘The fund invests in gold mining company shares and has a small holding in platinum and silver equities.’
      • ‘Investors are likely to become appreciably richer by investing in equities, rather than bonds or cash.’
      • ‘Today, the herd talks of giving up on equities just when stocks have never been cheaper.’
      • ‘Investors who shy away from the risk of equities and the negligible interest on cash savings may prefer to buy bonds.’
      • ‘The balance of probability still favours equities outperforming bonds in the medium term.’
      • ‘Now may well be a sensible time to reconsider the merits of equities, and growth stocks in particular.’
      • ‘As a group, equities receive a double plus weighting, bonds a double minus and cash is labelled a zero.’
      • ‘Income arising from dividends from equities, life assurance products and pensions will not be affected.’
      • ‘Historically equities have tended to outperform all other investment asset classes.’
      • ‘One advantage of corporate bonds over equities for investors is what happens if the company falls on hard times.’
      • ‘Many investors act primarily as consumers of equities rather than as shared proprietors.’
      • ‘The choices will range from low risk to medium risk managed funds invested in a mix of equities.’
      • ‘It is noteworthy that property has now outperformed Irish equities in each of the last five years.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Under the proposed changes councils will be allowed to buy shares and equities and invest on the money markets.’
      • ‘The funds can buy equities, sell short and leverage their best ideas by buying and selling options.’
      • ‘When equities are climbing, investors' only concern is the share price.’
      • ‘They can now invest in a complete range of assets from property to equities and bonds.’
      • ‘This is very good news for highly geared economies, such as the US and UK, and of course for equities.’
      • ‘Cynics say the sudden revival in private investors' interest in equities is also a sign that the best is over.’
  • 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’
    • ‘As a result, the ratio of mortgage debt to home equity is at near-record highs.’
    • ‘Banks will lend money for additional land depending on the amount of equity and security the farmer has.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A cash-out involves refinancing your mortgage and taking your equity out in cash.’
    • ‘That way you'd end up with a big mortgage, not much equity, no investments and a cold retirement.’
    • ‘When that new mortgage was registered, there was clearly equity in the property.’
    • ‘Should you move after living in a home for only a few years, you may have little or no equity in the property.’
    • ‘It is estimated at this stage that net equity in the properties is in the region of £600,000.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Home equity loans with tax deductible interest payments are used to pay for vacation trips.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The equity in the properties appears to be in the region of £9 million.’
    • ‘This is often done by selling their existing property, releasing equity and then living in a caravan on site while the project commences.’
    • ‘While living in his house, he refinanced it repeatedly, pulling out equity to buy other properties.’
    • ‘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.’
  • 4(in the UK, US, and several other countries) a trade union to which all professional actors must belong.

    [as modifier] ‘an Equity card’


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