Meaning of equality in English:


Pronunciation /ɪˈkwɒlɪti/

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  • 1mass noun The state of being equal, especially in status, rights, or opportunities.

    ‘an organization aiming to promote racial equality’
    • ‘We also know that the labour movement has to work very hard to ensure that same equality of access and opportunity in the union.’
    • ‘Moreover, not everything is done to ensure equality of opportunity.’
    • ‘All the evidence shows, that if you want to promote social mobility and equality of opportunity, you have to start early.’
    • ‘When we promote equality, we need to make sure that we are promoting equality of opportunity.’
    • ‘People disagree about what is needed to ensure fair equality of opportunity.’
    • ‘Can marriage be reformed to serve as a public status that promotes equality and liberty?’
    • ‘The report also sets out a new public sector duty to promote equality of opportunity for people with mental health problems.’
    • ‘Many people think of feminism as a movement that promotes gender equality and opportunity.’
    • ‘The striking workers are demanding equality of promotion opportunities with their colleagues.’
    • ‘For example, complete negative freedom would not provide equality of opportunity, outcome, or treatment.’
    • ‘Parliament alone can give equality of opportunity and thereby increase liberty for all.’
    • ‘But equality of aspiration is not matched by equality of opportunity.’
    • ‘Does equality of opportunity matter more than equality of outcome?’
    • ‘We should be striving to create a meritocratic society with equality of opportunity, not equality of outcome.’
    • ‘It's no secret that great numbers of jobs are sewn up from the inside, despite claims of equality of opportunity.’
    • ‘It's easy to say one is in favour of equality of opportunity.’
    • ‘The value of equality of opportunity gets most of its practical force from its opposition to systematic discrimination.’
    • ‘A new settlement must be able to deliver equality of opportunity for unionists as well as nationalists.’
    • ‘The Government advocates equality of opportunity for every child.’
    • ‘They want to see people given a fair go, they want equality of opportunity, and they want fairness.’
    fairness, justness, equitability, impartiality, even-handedness, egalitarianism, equal rights, equal opportunities, non-discrimination
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  • 2Mathematics
    A symbolic expression of the fact that two quantities are equal; an equation.

    ‘Relationships between other values from different quantity spaces can be defined using equalities and correspondences.’
    • ‘The formal algebraic manipulation of series investigated by Lagrange and Laplace in the 1770s was put in the form of operator equalities by Arbogast in 1800 in Calcul des dérivations.’
    • ‘In a series of papers published over the following years Edmonds examined a whole variety of different conditions on the functions f and g which give the required equalities.’
    • ‘In full equilibrium, as Johnson pointed out, both equalities hold (the economy is at the IS-LM intersection) and the two theories are formally identical.’
    • ‘There is a clear violation of strand symmetry in the loop regions: the intrastrand equalities of A = T and G = C expected at equilibrium are not obeyed.’


Late Middle English via Old French from Latin aequalitas, from aequalis (see equal).