Definition of equality noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//iˈkwɒləti//
; NAmE NAmE//iˈkwɑːləti//
[uncountable] Social justice
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the fact of being equal in rights, status, advantages, etc. racial/social/sexual equality equality of opportunity the principle of equality before the law (= the law treats everyone the same) Don't you believe in equality between men and women? see also marriage equality opposite inequality Wordfindercivil rights, class, conform, convention, culture, custom, elite, equality, outsider, society CollocationsRace and immigrationPrejudice and racism experience/​encounter racism/​discrimination/​prejudice/​anti-semitism face/​suffer persecution/​discrimination fear/​escape from/​flee racial/​political/​religious persecution constitute/​be a form of racial/​race discrimination reflect/​reveal/​show/​have a racial/​cultural bias be biased/​be prejudiced against (especially British English) black people/(both especially North American English) people of color/​African Americans/​Asians/​Africans/​Indians, etc. discriminate against minority groups/​minorities perpetuate/​conform to/​fit/​defy a common/​popular/​traditional/​negative stereotype overcome/​be blinded by deep-seated/​racial/(especially North American English) race prejudice entrench/​perpetuate racist attitudes hurl/​shout (especially British English) racist abuse; (especially North American English) a racist/​racial/​ethnic slur challenge/​confront racism/​discrimination/​prejudice combat/​fight (against)/tackle blatant/​overt/​covert/​subtle/​institutional/​systemic racismRace and society damage/​improve (especially British English) race relations practise/ (especially US English) practice (racial/​religious) tolerance/​segregation bridge/​break down/​transcend cultural/​racial barriers encourage/​promote social integration outlaw/​end discrimination/​slavery/​segregation promote/​embrace/​celebrate cultural diversity conform to/​challenge/​violate (accepted/​established/​prevailing/​dominant) social/​cultural norms live in a multicultural society attack/​criticize multiculturalism fight for/​struggle for/​promote racial equality perpetuate/​reinforce economic and social inequality introduce/​be for/​be against (British English) positive discrimination/(especially North American English) affirmative action support/​be active in/​play a leading role in the civil rights movementImmigration control/​restrict/​limit/​encourage immigration attract/​draw a wave of immigrants assist/​welcome refugees house/​shelter refugees and asylum seekers smuggle illegal immigrants into the UK deport/​repatriate illegal immigrants/​failed asylum seekers assimilate/​integrate new immigrants employ/​hire migrant workers exploit/​rely on (cheap/​illegal) immigrant labour/(especially US English) labor apply for/​gain/​obtain/​be granted/​be denied (full) citizenship have/​hold dual citizenship See related entries: Social justice Word Originlate Middle English: via Old French from Latin aequalitas, from aequalis, from aequus ‘even, level, equal’.Extra examples The State shall not deny anyone equality before the law. The women are demanding full equality with the men of their tribe. These women are demanding fairness and equality in their pay. They fought for greater equality between the sexes. Women do not yet have true equality in the company. the goal of formal equality before the law the task of achieving equality for gay men Equality between the various groups seemed a long way off. Equality for gay people in employment law is a relatively recent progression. Equality of opportunity is our priority. Sexual equality is an ideal that we have not yet achieved. The fight for equality tended to take the form of civil disobedience. The people were demanding full equality with their former masters. There is no society in the world where women have true equality. They are leaders in the campaign to bring about greater racial equality. We need to ensure equality of opportunity in all areas of work.
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