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equitable

[ek-wi-tuh-buh l] /ˈɛk wɪ tə bəl/
adjective
1.
characterized by equity or fairness; just and right; fair; reasonable:
equitable treatment of all citizens.
2.
Law.
  1. pertaining to or valid in equity.
  2. pertaining to the system of equity, as distinguished from the common law.
Origin
1640-1650
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.
Synonyms
impartial, proper, unbiased.
Antonyms
unfair, unjust, unequitable, biased, prejudiced.
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  • In others, resources are distributed more equitably.
  • The cuts have to be spread more or less equitably among as many groups as possible.
British Dictionary definitions for equitably

equitable

/ˈɛkwɪtəbəl/
adjective
1.
impartial or reasonable; fair; just: an equitable decision
2.
(law) relating to or valid in equity, as distinct from common law or statute law
3.
(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 equitably

equitable

adj.

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

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