Definitions for Equityˈɛk wɪ ti

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

eq•ui•tyˈɛk wɪ ti(n.)(pl.)-ties.

  1. the quality of being fair or impartial; fairness; justice.

  2. something that is fair and just.

  3. Law. the application of the dictates of conscience or the principles of natural justice to the settlement of controversies. (in England and the U.S.) a system of jurisprudence serving to supplement and remedy the limitations and inflexibility of common law. an equitable right or claim.

    Category: Law

  4. the monetary value of a property or business beyond any amounts owed on it in mortgages, claims, liens, etc.

    Category: Business, Law

  5. the interest of the owner of common stock in a corporation.

    Category: Business

  6. (in a margin account) the excess of the market value of the securities over any indebtedness.

    Category: Business

  7. ownership, esp. when considered as the right to share in future profits or appreciation in value.

    Category: Informal

Origin of equity:

1275–1325; < L aequitās. See equi -, -ty2

Princeton's WordNet

  1. equity(noun)

    the difference between the market value of a property and the claims held against it

  2. equity(noun)

    the ownership interest of shareholders in a corporation

  3. fairness, equity(noun)

    conformity with rules or standards

    "the judge recognized the fairness of my claim"


  1. equity(Noun)

    Ownership, especially in terms of net monetary value of some business.

  2. equity(Noun)

    A legal tradition that deals with remedies other than monetary relief, such as injunctions, divorces and similar actions.

  3. equity(Noun)

    Value of property minus liens or other encumbrances.

  4. equity(Noun)

    Ownership interest in a company as determined by subtracting liabilities from assets.

  5. equity(Noun)

    Justice, impartiality or fairness.

  6. Origin: Attested in the 14th Century ; from equité, from aequitatem.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Equity(noun)

    equality of rights; natural justice or right; the giving, or desiring to give, to each man his due, according to reason, and the law of God to man; fairness in determination of conflicting claims; impartiality

  2. Equity(noun)

    an equitable claim; an equity of redemption; as, an equity to a settlement, or wife's equity, etc

  3. Equity(noun)

    a system of jurisprudence, supplemental to law, properly so called, and complemental of it


  1. Equity

    In jurisdictions following the English common law tradition, equity is the set of legal principles that supplement strict rules of law where their application would operate harshly. In civil legal systems, broad "general clauses" allow judges to have similar leeway in applying the code. Equity is commonly said to "mitigate the rigor of common law", allowing courts to use their discretion and apply justice in accordance with natural law. In practice, modern equity is limited by substantive and procedural rules, and English and Australian legal writers tend to focus on technical aspects of equity. There are 12 "vague ethical statements", known as the Maxims of equity, that guide the application of equity, and an additional five can be added. As noted below, a historical criticism of equity as it developed was that it had no fixed rules of its own, with the Lord Chancellor occasionally judging in the main according to his own conscience. The rules of equity later lost much of their flexibility, and from the 17th century onwards equity was rapidly consolidated into a system of precedents much like its common-law cousin.

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. equity

    Simply a matter of the length of the judge's ears.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Equity' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4495

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Equity' in Nouns Frequency: #1706

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fairness; justice.

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