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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The state or quality of being equal.
  • noun Mathematics A statement, usually an equation, that one thing equals another.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The state of being equal; identity in magnitude or dimensions, value, qualities, degree, etc.; the state of being neither superior nor inferior, greater nor less, better nor worse, stronger nor weaker, etc., with regard to the thing or things compared.
  • noun Evenness; uniformity; sameness in state or continued course; equableness: as, equality of surface; an equality of temper or constitution.
  • noun In other cases, to indicate equality or equivalence of sense: as, Latin gratias = thanks.
  • noun In a limited use, as in the etymologies of this dictionary, to indicate specifically equality (ultimate identity) of form: as, English two = Latin duo = Greek δύο = Sanskrit dva.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The condition or quality of being equal; agreement in quantity or degree as compared; likeness in bulk, value, rank, properties, etc.
  • noun Sameness in state or continued course; evenness; uniformity.
  • noun Evenness; uniformity.
  • noun (Math.) Exact agreement between two expressions or magnitudes with respect to quantity; -- denoted by the symbol =; thus, a = x signifies that a contains the same number and kind of units of measure that x does.
  • noun See under Confessional.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun uncountable The fact of being equal.
  • noun uncountable (mathematics) The fact of being equal, of having the same value.
  • noun uncountable The equal treatment of people irrespective of social or cultural differences.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the quality of being the same in quantity or measure or value or status
  • noun a state of being essentially equal or equivalent; equally balanced

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English equalite, from Old French, from Latin aequālitās, from aequālis, equal; see equal.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Latin aequālitās.

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