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equitable treatment of all citizens
  with justice or fairness to all
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Strongly Associated with:   inequity, iniquity
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  • equitable treatment of all citizens
  • an equitable distribution of gifts among the children
  • It had formerly been my endeavour to study all sides of his character: to take the bad with the good; and from the just weighing of both, to form an equitable judgment.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • It was, to my mind, a very fair and equitable distribution.
    Agatha Christie  --  The Mysterious Affair at Styles

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  • ...enthusiasm, which he distributed on the equitable principle of praising those things most which were most in need of praise.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • I shall be happy to make an equitable arrangement respecting the fees which have been paid in advance for the current term.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  An Unsocial Socialist
  • I was uncertain about what I wanted to do with my life, but I knew it would have something to do with the lives of the poor, America’s history of racial inequality, and the struggle to be equitable and fair with one another.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • Durrfeld has unbent so naturally that he even feels constrained to utter a vague apology; he should not allow the British and the Dutch to agitate him so, he says to the Professor in a mild voice, forgive the outburst, but surely their monopolistic practices and manipulations of the supply of a natural product like rubber, which all the world should receive equitably, was an abomination.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • But I had a lot on my mind and wasn’t feeling particularly equitable.
    Becca Fitzpatrick  --  Hush, Hush
  • No man can say that the Government could have done more to try to keep open the way for an honorable and equitable settlement of the dispute between Germany and Poland.
    Neville Chamberlain  --  Nazi Invasion of Poland Speech

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  • Oh, Frankenstein, be not equitable to every other and trample upon me alone, to whom thy justice, and even thy clemency and affection, is most due.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • He replied, however,— "I entreat you, M. de Villefort, be, as you always are, kind and equitable, and give him back to us soon."
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • It had formerly been my endeavour to study all sides of his character: to take the bad with the good; and from the just weighing of both, to form an equitable judgment.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • So insignificant at that moment seemed to him all the interests that engrossed Napoleon, so mean did his hero himself with his paltry vanity and joy in victory appear, compared to the lofty, equitable, and kindly sky which he had seen and understood, that he could not answer him.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • With this exception, he was in all things just, true, equitable, intelligent, humble and dignified, beneficent and kindly, which is only another sort of benevolence.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • And, indeed, never was I better pleased with any conquest than I was with this, there being so little bloodshed, and having an aversion to killing such savage wretches, (more than was necessary) as knowing they came on errands, which their laws and customs made them think were just and equitable.
    Daniel Defoe  --  Robinson Crusoe
  • "Nicole and I will talk things over," said Dick equitably.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • Five such installments came, with their absurd air of disorderly flight with the loot of innumerable outfit shops and provision stores, that, one would think, they were lugging, after a raid, into the wilderness for equitable division.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Heart of Darkness
  • The event of this morning is a regrettable development, but I have full confidence-based on my knowledge of the inner processes shaping our foreign policy in Washington-that our government will negotiate an equitable settlement with the government of the People’s State of Mexico, and that we will receive full and just compensation for our property.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • The matter was settled at the time, and by the competent authorities,—equitably, it is to be presumed,—and, at all events, irrevocably.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • On the whole, I proposed as a more effectual watch, the hiring of proper men to serve constantly in that business; and as a more equitable way of supporting the charge the levying a tax that should be proportion’d to the property.
    Benjamin Franklin  --  The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
  • Indeed, according to a study by who, Cuba had the world’s most equitably distributed medicine.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Mountains Beyond Mountains
  • The Black Knight was not a little surprised to find that men, in a state so lawless, were nevertheless among themselves so regularly and equitably governed, and all that he observed added to his opinion of the justice and judgment of their leader.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • All Huntingdon exclaimed on the greatness of the match, and her uncle, the lawyer, himself, allowed her to be at least three thousand pounds short of any equitable claim to it.
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
  • We advocated the redivision of land on an equitable basis; the abolition of color bars prohibiting Africans from doing skilled work; and the need for free and compulsory education.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • There were political realities there, then and now, that precluded blind faith, that discouraged one from thinking that everything, always, would work out fairly and equitably.
    Dave Eggers  --  Zeitoun
  • Some ill-conditioned growling fellow may say to me, ’What’s the use of these legal and equitable abuses?
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • When Will Ladislaw had come in, a second fender, said to have been forgotten in its right place, suddenly claimed the auctioneer’s enthusiasm, which he distributed on the equitable principle of praising those things most which were most in need of praise.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • …fortunes should be interchanged—the former useless, but wicked and ravenous; and the latter, who by their constant industry serve the public more than themselves, sincere and modest men—from whence I am persuaded that till property is taken away, there can be no equitable or just distribution of things, nor can the world be happily governed; for as long as that is maintained, the greatest and the far best part of mankind, will be still oppressed with a load of cares and anxieties.
    Thomas More  --  Utopia
  • No: it is to hold up motor cars and secure a more equitable distribution of wealth.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Man And Superman
  • It would seem a fair and equitable way to run a world.
    Roger Zelazny  --  Lord of Light
  • Early in the day, these architects had made an equitable division of their duties.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Pioneers
  • I pray some equitable exchange of captives can be arranged before too very long.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Clash of Kings
  • An equitable trade agreement with Britain was much the most important and pressing objective.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • Could an equitable God have allowed such a thing? I confess, it was a while before I could read the article.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • They could protect themselves from equitable sacrifices or, in emergencies, to extort unreasonable indulgences.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
  • This would neither be equitable as it respected New York nor safe as it respected the other States.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • The young men, who had already completed their tasks with the axe, were all engaged after their lounging and listless manner; some in bestowing equitable portions of the fodder among the different animals; others in plying the heavy pestle of a moveable homminy-mortar[*]; and one or two in wheeling the remainder of the wagons aside, and arranging them in such a manner as to form a sort of outwork for their otherwise defenceless bivouac.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Prairie
  • Roque Guinart ordered them to be restored at once; and making his men fall in in line he directed all the clothing, jewellery, and money that they had taken since the last distribution to be produced; and making a hasty valuation, and reducing what could not be divided into money, he made shares for the whole band so equitably and carefully, that in no case did he exceed or fall short of strict distributive justice.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • …take the advantage, and carry it away from them both;" which my master would needs contend to have some kind of resemblance with our suits at law; wherein I thought it for our credit not to undeceive him; since the decision he mentioned was much more equitable than many decrees among us; because the plaintiff and defendant there lost nothing beside the stone they contended for: whereas our courts of equity would never have dismissed the cause, while either of them had any thing left.
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver’s Travels
  • Others of them, a numerous body of whose citizens are creditors to the public beyond proportion of the State in the total amount of the national debt, would be strenuous for some equitable and effective provision.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • Do you likewise, and perhaps upon your return an equitable arrangement can be made.
    Roger Zelazny  --  Lord of Light
  • British reluctance to be accommodating was quite as great as the American need for equitable resolutions.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • "Doubtless, sir, your title is both legal and equitable," returned the youth coldly, reining his horse back and remaining silent till the subject was changed.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Pioneers
  • By a good distribution, not an equal but an equitable distribution must be understood.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • We are not authorized to expect that a more liberal or more equitable spirit would preside over the legislations of the individual States hereafter, if unrestrained by any additional checks, than we have heretofore seen in too many instances disgracing their several codes.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • But it is not so generally true as to render it equitable, that those duties should form the only national fund.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • We are always appearing, and disappearing, and swearing, and interrogating, and filing, and cross-filing, and arguing, and sealing, and motioning, and referring, and reporting, and revolving about the Lord Chancellor and all his satellites, and equitably waltzing ourselves off to dusty death, about costs.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • While the fishermen were employed in making the preparations for an equitable division of the spoil, Elizabeth and her friend strolled a short distance from the group, along the shore of the lake.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Pioneers
  • Presently, the picture no brighter, he told Jefferson that if the British Court refused to act a reasonable and equitable part, the United States should enter into "still closer and stronger connections with France."
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
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