Meaning of EQUALITY in English


e ‧ qual ‧ i ‧ ty /ɪˈkwɒləti, ɪˈkwɒlɪti $ ɪˈkwɑː-/ BrE AmE noun [uncountable]

[ Word Family: noun : ↑ equality ≠ ↑ inequality , ↑ equal , ↑ equalizer ; verb : ↑ equalize , ↑ equal ; adverb : ↑ equally ≠ ↑ unequally ; adjective : ↑ equal ≠ ↑ unequal ]

a situation in which people have the same rights, advantages etc OPP inequality

equality of

All people have the right to equality of opportunity.

equality with

Women have yet to achieve full equality with men in the workplace.

equality between

equality between men and women

racial/sexual equality

The government must promote racial equality.

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■ adjectives

▪ complete/full equality

Women have not yet achieved full equality with men.

▪ racial/sexual equality

The minister is a well-known campaigner for racial equality.

▪ social/political/economic equality

Black people had to fight for social and economic equality with whites.

■ verbs

▪ achieve equality

He praised the generations who struggled to achieve racial equality.

▪ demand equality (=ask for it firmly because it is your right)

She marched alongside her mother, demanding equality for women.

▪ fight for equality

Women fought for equality throughout the twentieth century.

▪ promote equality (=help it to happen)

The Equal Opportunities Commission was established to promote equality between the sexes.

■ phrases

▪ the struggle/fight for equality

the people who led the struggle for equality in the United States

▪ equality of opportunity formal

The government must ensure equality of opportunity for all children.

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.