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Webster 1913 Edition


Equitable

Eq′ui-ta-ble

,
Adj.
[F.
équitable
, from
équité
. See
Equity
.]
1.
Possessing or exhibiting equity; according to natural right or natural justice; marked by a due consideration for what is fair, unbiased, or impartial; just;
as, an
equitable
decision; an
equitable
distribution of an estate;
equitable
men
.
No two . . . had exactly the same notion of what was
equitable
.
Macaulay.
Syn. – Just; fair; reasonable; right; honest; impartial; candid; upright.

Webster 1828 Edition


Equitable

EQ'UITABLE

,
Noun.
[L. oequitas, from oequus, equal.]
1.
Equal in regard to the rights of persons; distributing equal justice; giving each his due; assigning to one or more what law or justice demands; just; impartial. The judge does justice by an equitable decision. The court will make an equitable distribution of the estate.
2.
Having the disposition to do justice, or doing justice; impartial; as an equitable judge.
3.
Held or exercised in equity, or with chancery powers; as the equitable jurisdiction of a court.

Definition 2022


equitable

equitable

See also: équitable

English

Alternative forms

Adjective

equitable (comparative more equitable, superlative most 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.
  3. (law) Relating to the general principles of justice that correct or supplement the provisions of the law.

Related terms

Translations

See also

  • equitabilis

Middle French

Alternative forms

Adjective

equitable m, f (plural equitables)

  1. equitable (fair, just, even, balanced)

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