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[ek-wi-tuh-buh l] /ˈɛk wɪ tə bəl/
characterized by equity or fairness; just and right; fair; reasonable:
equitable treatment of all citizens.
  1. pertaining to or valid in equity.
  2. pertaining to the system of equity, as distinguished from the common law.
Origin of equitable
1640-50; equit(y) + -able
Related forms
equitability, equitableness, noun
equitably, adverb
nonequitable, adjective
nonequitably, adverb
quasi-equitable, adjective
quasi-equitably, adverb
Can be confused
equable, equitable.
impartial, proper, unbiased.
unfair, unjust, unequitable, biased, prejudiced. Unabridged
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  • Some couples have forged partnerships they consider fully equitable.
  • The global economy needs equitable and transparent rules of the game.
  • What matters is what's fair and equitable under our system of law.
  • This university and this instructor are committed to providing an equitable learning environment for every student.
  • There has to be a more equitable way to do this.
  • This is a crowded but equitable gathering of graves.
  • We also try very hard to make our salaries equitable and competitive.
  • South America's biggest city is halfway towards a better, more equitable future.
  • They must pass laws ensuring an equitable division of the country's oil wealth.
  • There are problems with doing this in an equitable manner.
British Dictionary definitions for equitable


impartial or reasonable; fair; just: an equitable decision
(law) relating to or valid in equity, as distinct from common law or statute law
(law) (formerly) recognized in a court of equity only, as claims, rights, etc
Derived Forms
equitableness, noun
equitably, adverb
Word Origin
C17: from French équitable, from équitéequity
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Word Origin and History for equitable

1640s, from French équitable (16c.), from équité (see equity). Related: Equitably.

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