Equitable distribution means everyone gets their fair share of something.If you work on a group project in class, you want an equitable share of the credit.

When you look at equitable, you might think you see the word, equal, but it doesn't mean fair in the sense of exactly the same. If you worked ten hours at a lemonade stand and your friend worked five, you'd want an equitable share of the profits rather than an equal share. Equitable would take into account the amount of work you did, equal would not.

Definitions of equitable
  1. adjective
    fair to all parties as dictated by reason and conscience
    equitable treatment of all citizens”
    “an equitable distribution of gifts among the children”
    synonyms: just
    fair, just
    free from favoritism or self-interest or bias or deception; conforming with established standards or rules
    fair, honest
    gained or earned without cheating or stealing
    without partiality
    used especially of what is legally or ethically right or proper or fitting
    showing lack of favoritism
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    inequitable, unjust
    not equitable or fair
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