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[ih-kwol-i-tee] /ɪˈkwɒl ɪ ti/
noun, plural equalities.
the state or quality of being equal; correspondence in quantity, degree, value, rank, or ability:
promoting equality of opportunity in the workplace.
uniform character, as of motion or surface.
Mathematics. a statement that two quantities are equal; equation.
Origin of equality
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin aequālitāt- (stem of aequālitās). See equal, -ity
Related forms
proequality, adjective
subequality, noun, plural subequalities.
1. equivalency, parity, correspondence, sameness; justice, fairness, impartiality. Unabridged
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  • The guiding principal for us was to try to construct more equality and quality of life.
  • America is built on the idea of political equality.
  • In their time, the notion of equality was almost literally unthinkable.
  • It undermines the principle of equality, which can have far-reaching effects.
  • The struggle for dignity and equality continues.
  • In the social or economic sense, it means equality of social or economic status.
  • Indeed, the hard knocks of elitism built on equality were on view on a recent Friday night.
  • Indeed, the evolution of equality is rarely organic.
  • The equality debate is a worthy discussion but diferent one and one that cannot be addressed at the expense of the environment.
  • This is definitely another important step forward towards equality for all.
British Dictionary definitions for equality


noun (pl) -ties
the state of being equal
(maths) a statement, usually an equation, indicating that quantities or expressions on either side of an equal sign are equal in value
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Word Origin and History for equality

late 14c., "evenness of surface, uniformity of size;" c.1400, in reference to amount or number, from Old French equalité (Modern French égalité, which form dates from 17c.), from Latin aequalitatem (nominative aequalitas) "equality, similarity, likeness" (also sometimes with reference to civil rights), from aequalis (see equal). Of privileges, rights, etc., from 1520s.

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