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equal time

an equal amount of time on the air, which radio and television licensees are required to offer to opposing candidates for public office and to those voicing diverging views on public referendums.
Origin of equal time
1960-65 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for equal time
  • When these issues are presented on a campus there should be equal time for both sides to express their opinions.
  • Cookies will bake more evenly if they spend equal time on the top and bottom racks of the oven.
  • Accent normally appears at equal time intervals and an accented syllable tends to acquire length.
  • It's the commentator's role to allow equal time for each candidate.
  • Proponents of fringe ideologies are given equal time with the bulk of the scientific community.
  • Now that critics are getting more equal time, all of a sudden they see the press discussion of this topic to be problematic.
  • Any terms of equal time for each candidate is probably not part of this debate.
  • Knowing your rights regarding security deposits can equal time and, more important, money.
  • People believe that joint physical custody implies nearly equal time for each parent.
  • The healthy eating group will receive equal time and attention regarding general topics and nutrition.
Contemporary definitions for equal time

in broadcasting, the requirement and practice of giving equal air time to opposing candidates or a divergent point of view


The Democrats got equal time after the President's address.'s 21st Century Lexicon
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equal time in Culture

equal time definition

A ruling of the United States government, administered by the Federal Communications Commission, requiring that all candidates for public office be given equal access to the free or paid use of radio and television.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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