equity

Equity is the state or quality of being fair. In classrooms, it's important to establish equity as any hint of unfairness turns everyone against the teacher.

In finance, equity refers to the value of a business or piece of property after subtracting the amount of the mortgage. Also in finance, equities are stocks, in contrast to bonds. Equity is from Middle English equite, from Old French équité, from Latin aequitas "equality," from aequus "equal."

Primary Meanings of equity

1.
n
conformity with rules or standards
2.
n
the ownership interest of shareholders in a corporation
Full Definitions of equity
1

n conformity with rules or standards

Synonyms:
fairness
Antonyms:
inequity, unfairness
injustice by virtue of not conforming with rules or standards
Types:
non-discrimination
fairness in treating people without prejudice
sportsmanship
fairness in following the rules of the game
Type of:
justice, justness
the quality of being just or fair
2

n the ownership interest of shareholders in a corporation

Types:
sweat equity
interest in a building that a tenant earns by contributing to its renovation or maintenance
Type of:
interest, stake
(law) a right or legal share of something; a financial involvement with something

n the difference between the market value of a property and the claims held against it

Type of:
assets
anything of material value or usefulness that is owned by a person or company

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