AskDefine | Define equity

Dictionary Definition



1 the difference between the market value of a property and the claims held against it
2 the ownership interest of shareholders in a corporation
3 conformity with rules or standards; "the judge recognized the fairness of my claim" [syn: fairness] [ant: unfairness, unfairness]

User Contributed Dictionary



Latin 'aequĭtas' was used by Romans with the same meaning as Greek 'ἐπιείκια' which is the virtue of reduce Law's hardship when rigorousness would become unjust (Aristo. Ethics Book V). Aequĭtas was also the name of the fair trade's godness. Ref. Websters dictionary Wikipedia


  1. ownership, especially in terms of net monetary value of some business.
  2. a legal tradition that deals with remedies other than monetary relief, such as injunctions, divorces and similar actions.
  3. The value of property minus liens or other encumbrances.
  4. the ownership interest in a company as determined by subtracting liabilities from assets.
  5. justice, impartiality and fairness


ownership, especially in terms of net monetary value of some business
a legal tradition that deals with remedies other than monetary relief
  • Danish: billighedsret
the value of property minus liens or other encumbrances
  • Danish: friværdi
the ownership interest in a company as determined by subtracting liabilities from assets
  • Danish: egenkapital
justice, impartiality and fairness
  • Danish: rimelighed, retfærdighed
  • Finnish: oikeudenmukaisuus
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Extensive Definition

Equity can refer to:


  • Equity (law), a branch of jurisprudence in common law jurisdictions
  • In many political and legal systems, a concept encompassing ideals of justice (fairness) and/or equality
  • Equality, the philosophical ideal of valueing all human beings the same
  • In poker strategy, the probability of winning a poker hand
  • Intergenerational equity, equality and fairness in relationships between people of different ages

Business and Economics


The word equity is also used in the names of the following organizations:
equity in German: Equity

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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