What does equity mean?

Definitions for equity
ˈɛk wɪ tieq·ui·ty

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. equitynoun

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

  2. equitynoun

    the ownership interest of shareholders in a corporation

  3. fairness, equitynoun

    conformity with rules or standards

    "the judge recognized the fairness of my claim"


  1. equitynoun

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

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

  2. equitynoun

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

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

  3. equitynoun

    Value of property minus liens or other encumbrances.

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

  4. equitynoun

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

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

  5. equitynoun

    Justice, impartiality or fairness.

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Equitynoun

    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. Equitynoun

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

  3. Equitynoun

    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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Equity

    ek′wi-ti, n. right as founded on the laws of nature: moral justice, of which laws are the imperfect expression: the spirit of justice which enables us to interpret laws rightly: fairness.—adj. Eq′uitable, possessing or showing equity: held or exercised in equity.—n. Eq′uitableness.—adv. Eq′uitably. [Fr. equité—L. æquitasæquus, equal.]

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. equity

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

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

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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of equity in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of equity in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of equity in a Sentence

  1. Chief Executive Sam Walsh:

    I met with the new prime minister... and we talked about that (proposal), quite frankly we'd rather put our focus and our dollars into the project. That's for others to look at, taking equity in the project, we're happy with our 50.1 percent of the project.

  2. Arnaud Brillois:

    When you have a stock going up, the convertible bond is going to capture a large part of the equity’s rise, the convertible bond will perform approximately 950% or 970% when the equity is doing 1000%.

  3. Victor Fleischer:

    There is certainly is a risk when they roll over that instrument, that it is going to be recharacterised as equity.

  4. Todd Rosenbluth:

    Looking to their asset allocation as of July 31, the fund has 6 percent or so exposure to equity-related securities and has 20 percent in high-yield bonds while another 14 percent in non-rated bonds, this is an approach that will benefit from a flight to quality of investment-grade corporates and Treasuries.

  5. Patrick Keon:

    Equity indices bounced last week, with the S&P 500 up 1.3 percent, Dow Jones Industrial Average up 1.2 percent, high yield fund returns are the most closely correlated with equities out of taxable bonds, so there might be a relationship there.

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  • إنصافArabic
  • безпристрастие, справедливост, нетен капиталBulgarian
  • patrimoni netCatalan, Valencian
  • spravedlnostCzech
  • friværdi, egenkapital, rimelighed, aktie, retfærdighed, billighedsretDanish
  • Reinvermögen, Fairness, Aktien, Gerechtigkeit, Eigenkapital, Aktienanteil, Billigkeit, Unternehmensbeteiligungen, Gleichheit, Billigkeitsrecht, AktienkapitalGerman
  • patrimonio neto, equidadSpanish
  • انصافPersian
  • oma pääoma, oikeudenmukaisuusFinnish
  • solidarité, action, impartialitéFrench
  • cothromas, cóirIrish
  • արդարությունArmenian
  • 自己資本, 純資産Japanese
  • aequitasLatin
  • mana tauriteMāori
  • egenkapitalNorwegian
  • aandeelDutch
  • egenkapitalNorwegian Nynorsk
  • aksjeNorwegian
  • sprawiedliwośćPolish
  • valor líquido, equidade, equanimidadePortuguese
  • imparțialitate, echitate, nepărtinireRomanian
  • капита́л, справедли́вость, [[со́бственный]] [[капита́л]], беспристра́стность, [[собственный, беспристра́стие, а́кция, [[пра́во]] [[справедливостьRussian
  • eget kapitalSwedish

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