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.

  2. equitynoun

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

  3. equitynoun

    Value of property minus liens or other encumbrances.

  4. equitynoun

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

  5. equitynoun

    Justice, impartiality or fairness.

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Equitynoun

    Etymology: equite, French; æquitas, Latin.

    Foul subornation is predominant,
    And equity exil’d your highness’ land. William Shakespeare, Henry VI.

    Christianity secures both the private interests of men and the publick peace, enforcing all justice and equity. John Tillotson.

    Liking their own somewhat better than other mens, even because they are their own, they must in equity allow us to be like unto them in this affection. Richard Hooker, b. iv. s. 13.

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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  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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  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. Bill E Ford:

    Growth equity is quite different from other flavors of private equity. In our industry, on one end of the spectrum, there are the global buyout firms that buy a controlling interest in companies by using leverage and they typically focus on operational efficiency.

  2. Nicolas Robin:

    Generally we are cautious, the Greek story is leading to dollar strength, which is negative for commodities, but it's the sell-off in Chinese equity markets that is potentially more problematic.

  3. Mike Ewald:

    Without scale, a fund won't matter as much to private equity sponsors.

  4. Chris Snow:

    The fact there is equity value in Caesars, that equity value describes a really optimistic view of how this will play out.

  5. Chris Wheeler:

    His urgent jobs are continuing to reduce the capital tied up in the business, how to push up the RoE (return on equity) and push down costs, and what to be thinking about in terms of the mix of the business.

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  • إنصافArabic
  • справедливост, безпристрастие, нетен капиталBulgarian
  • patrimoni netCatalan, Valencian
  • spravedlnostCzech
  • retfærdighed, friværdi, aktie, egenkapital, rimelighed, billighedsretDanish
  • Unternehmensbeteiligungen, Billigkeit, Gleichheit, Aktienanteil, Eigenkapital, Aktienkapital, Billigkeitsrecht, Reinvermögen, Fairness, Aktien, GerechtigkeitGerman
  • patrimonio neto, equidadSpanish
  • انصافPersian
  • oikeudenmukaisuus, oma pääomaFinnish
  • solidarité, impartialité, actionFrench
  • cothromas, cóirIrish
  • արդարությունArmenian
  • 純資産, 自己資本Japanese
  • aequitasLatin
  • mana tauriteMāori
  • egenkapitalNorwegian
  • aandeelDutch
  • egenkapitalNorwegian Nynorsk
  • aksjeNorwegian
  • sprawiedliwośćPolish
  • equanimidade, equidade, valor líquidoPortuguese
  • nepărtinire, echitate, imparțialitateRomanian
  • беспристра́стие, [[собственный, а́кция, беспристра́стность, [[пра́во]] [[справедливость, [[со́бственный]] [[капита́л]], справедли́вость, капита́лRussian
  • eget kapitalSwedish

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