AskDefine | Define equitable

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equitable adj : implying justice dictated by reason, conscience, and a natural sense of what is fair to all; "equitable treatment of all citizens"; "an equitable distribution of gifts among the children" [syn: just] [ant: inequitable]

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Etymology

équitable, from Old French, from equite, equity.

Adjective

equitable
  1. Marked by or having equity.
  2. Fair, just, or impartial.
    • 1748. David Hume. Enquiries concerning the human understanding and concerning the principles of moral. London: Oxford University Press, 1973. § 33.
      I may justly require you to produce that argument ; nor have you any pretence to refuse so equitable a demand.

Translations

Marked by or having equity
Fair, just, or impartial
  • Finnish: oikeudenmukainen
  • Portuguese: justo, imparcial

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