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Definition of equity noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[uncountable] (finance) the value of a company's shares; the value of a property after all charges and debts have been paid He plans to raise the company's return on equity to 15%. see also negative equity
  2. 2equities [plural] (finance) shares in a company which do not pay a fixed amount of interest
  3. 3[uncountable] (formal) a situation in which everyone is treated equally synonym fairness a society where justice and equity prevail opposite inequity
  4. 4[uncountable] (law) a system of natural justice allowing a fair judgment in a situation that is not covered by the existing laws The rules of common law and equity are both, in essence, systems of private law.
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