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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • A majority of voices was to decide and in case of an equality of votes the speaker had a casting vote.

    Montreal 1535-1914, Volume II (of 2) William Henry Atherton
  • The officers and men were more nearly on a plane of equality.

    The Rock of Chickamauga Joseph A. Altsheler
  • If the caruca is a constant, we have learnt that in one particular there is equality between these estates.

    Domesday Book and Beyond Frederic William Maitland
  • It is too well understood by those who know me that I have equality for my watchword.

    Ruggles of Red Gap Harry Leon Wilson
  • Possessing such foundation for it, the equality has happily never been denied to them in Canada.

    On Canada's Frontier Julian Ralph
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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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