What does equality mean?

Definitions for equality
ɪˈkwɒl ɪ tiequal·i·ty

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. equalitynoun

    the quality of being the same in quantity or measure or value or status

  2. equality, equivalence, equation, parnoun

    a state of being essentially equal or equivalent; equally balanced

    "on a par with the best"


  1. equalitynoun

    The fact of being equal.

  2. equalitynoun

    The fact of being equal, of having the same value.

  3. equalitynoun

    The equal treatment of people irrespective of social or cultural differences.

  4. Etymology: From aequalitas.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Equalitynoun

    Etymology: from equal.

    Equality of two domestick powers,
    Breeds scrupulous faction: the hated, grown to strength,
    Are newly grown to love. William Shakespeare, Anthony and Cleopatra.

    One shall rise,
    Of proud ambition; who, not content
    With fair equality, fraternal state,
    Will arrogate dominion undeserv’d,
    Over his brethren. John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. xii. l. 26.

    According to this equality wherein God hath placed all mankind, with relation to himself, in all the relations between man and man there is a mutual dependance. Jonathan Swift.

    Measure out the lives of men, and periodically define the alterations of their tempers, conceive a regularity in mutations, with an equality in constitutions, and forget that variety which physicians therein discover. Thomas Browne, Vulgar Errours.


  1. equality

    Equality refers to the state of being equal in terms of status, rights, opportunities, or value. This could include dimensions like social equality, racial equality, gender equality, economic equality, etc. It implies that all individuals or groups of people are treated fairly and have the same opportunities, without any discrimination or bias.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Equalitynoun

    the condition or quality of being equal; agreement in quantity or degree as compared; likeness in bulk, value, rank, properties, etc.; as, the equality of two bodies in length or thickness; an equality of rights

  2. Equalitynoun

    sameness in state or continued course; evenness; uniformity; as, an equality of temper or constitution

  3. Equalitynoun

    evenness; uniformity; as, an equality of surface

  4. Equalitynoun

    exact agreement between two expressions or magnitudes with respect to quantity; -- denoted by the symbol =; thus, a = x signifies that a contains the same number and kind of units of measure that x does

  5. Etymology: [L. aequalitas, fr. aequalis equal. See Equal.]


  1. Equality

    In mathematics equality is a relationship between two quantities or, more generally two mathematical expressions, asserting that the quantities have the same value or that the expressions represent the same mathematical object. The equality between A and B is written A = B, and pronounced A equals B. When A and B may be viewed as functions of some variables, then A = B means that A and B define the same function. Such an equality of functions is sometimes called an identity. For example ² = x² + 2x + 1. When A and B are not fully specified or depend on some variables, equality is a relation which may be true for some values and false for some other values. This allows to consider equality as a binary operation which may produce the two results false and true. In computer programming, this is this interpretation of equality that is used in conditional statements. In some cases, one may consider as equal two mathematical objects that are only equivalent for the properties that are considered. This is, in particular the case in geometry, where two geometric shapes are said equal when one may be moved to coincide with the other. The word congruence is also used for this kind of equality.²²RRR

Editors Contribution

  1. equality

    The feeling, knowing and fact that the life of every human being and animal are of equal value and worth.

    Equality is very important within society.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 8, 2020  

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  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'equality' in Nouns Frequency: #2245

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of equality in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of equality in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of equality in a Sentence

  1. Andras Szolnoki:

    It's more than just a march, it's about Hungary joining the Europeans and showing equality.

  2. Ruchira Gupta:

    Of course, we need better laws to punish those who rape and buy and sell women, but we also need to get into the consciousness of young men and young women to make them think differently, the message for girls is to stand up to sexual violence and the message for boys is not to dominate, but to have sex with equality and participation. We want to eroticise equality rather than eroticise domination, which is what many superhero comics do.

  3. Ian Austin:

    Most shamefully of all for a party which has got a proud record of fighting for equality and opposing racism, the Labour Party has been poisoned with anti-Jewish racism under his leadership.

  4. Ulysses S. Grant:

    Social equality is not a subject to be legislated upon, nor shall I ask that anything be done to advance the social status of the colored man, except to give him a fair chance to develop what there is good in him, give him access to the schools, and when he travels let him feel assured that his conduct will regulate the treatment and fare he will receive.

  5. Meteor Festival organizers:

    Our agenda is and has always been peace, coexistence, equality and our only aim is to bring people of all kinds together through the common love for music and art and our mindset from the very start has been to emphasize pluralism and cultural diversity.

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