1. Showing or characterized by equity; just and fair. See Synonyms at fair1.
a. Of or relating to rights historically enforced in courts of equity.
b. Resolved not simply according to the strict letter of the law but in accordance with principles of substantial justice and the unique facts of the case.
[French équitable, from Old French, from equite, equity; see EQUITY.]
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