Definition of equitable in English:

equitable

adjective

  • 1Fair and impartial.

    ‘an equitable balance of power’
    • ‘Economic growth was important, but so too was the equitable distribution of wealth.’
    • ‘Emphasis on equitable distribution would truly alleviate the crime situation.’
    • ‘We must all be vigilant before our fair and equitable system of health provision is dismantled before our eyes.’
    • ‘Secondly, I cannot imagine how it could be streamlined in a fair and equitable manner.’
    • ‘Churchill was right to say that a fair and equitable penal system lies at the heart of a healthy civilisation.’
    • ‘The basis of good governance is fair and equitable representation of all stakeholders.’
    • ‘The new programme will be based on clear rules and criteria, ensuring that access is fair and equitable.’
    • ‘The differential rates system was introduced at the start of this financial year to make rates fair and equitable.’
    • ‘We wanted to come up with a fair, equitable and easy way to reward bloggers for their writing.’
    • ‘But this case must be the most flagrant disregard for what is supposed to be a fair and equitable system we have seen.’
    • ‘He called for a fairer and more equitable funding formula to be introduced.’
    • ‘The needs of the elderly and their carers must be addressed if we are to have a fair and equitable society.’
    • ‘They are expected to protect all the athletes and to ensure fair and equitable competition.’
    • ‘All anyone can ask for is fair and equitable treatment under the law, and that's what we are not getting.’
    • ‘Many now wished to return and it was fair and equitable that they should be assisted by the state.’
    • ‘If sacrifice is called for then fair and equitable treatment must be the order of the day.’
    • ‘I've always made the case that we should not get more than Irish, that would not be fair or equitable.’
    • ‘There was still a long way to go towards, among other things, an equitable distribution of skills.’
    • ‘Do we feel our present taxation system is fair and equitable?’
    • ‘To be negotiable and have legitimacy, commitments generally need to be perceived to be reasonably fair and equitable.’
    fair, just
    impartial, even-handed, fair-minded, unbiased, unprejudiced, non-discriminatory, anti-discrimination, unbigoted, egalitarian, with no axe to grind, without fear or favour
    honest, right, rightful, proper, decent, good, honourable, upright, scrupulous, conscientious, above board
    reasonable, sensible
    disinterested, objective, neutral, uncoloured, dispassionate, non-partisan, balanced, open-minded
    fair and square, upfront, on the level
    on the up and up
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  • 2Law
    Valid in equity as distinct from law.

    ‘the beneficiaries have an equitable interest in the property’
    • ‘So far, we have been considering what happens if the tenant under an equitable lease assigns his interest.’
    • ‘These cases are the equitable counterpart of common law cases where the principle of res ipsa loquitur is invoked.’
    • ‘Any number of equitable interests can be carved out of the equitable ownership of a share.’
    • ‘A suit in equity was instituted between two parties resident in England to enforce an equitable lien to land situate abroad.’
    • ‘Equitable mortgages can also arise from an agreement for value to give a legal mortgage and on the mortgage of an equitable interest.’

Origin

Mid 16th century: from French équitable, from équité (see equity).

Pronunciation:

equitable

/ˈekwədəb(ə)l/