Eq"ui*ta*ble (?), a. [F. 'equitable, from 'equit'e. See Equity.]

1.

Possessing or exhibiting equity; according to natural right or natural justice; marked by a due consideration for what is fair, unbiased, or impartial; just; as an equitable decision; an equitable distribution of an estate; equitable men.

No two . . . had exactly the same notion of what was equitable. Macaulay.

2. Law

That can be sustained or made available or effective in a court of equity, or upon principles of equity jurisprudence; as, an equitable estate; equitable assets, assignment, mortgage, etc.

Abbott.

Syn. -- Just; fair; reasonable; right; honest; impartial; candid; upright.

 

© Webster 1913.

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