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(adj) just, impartial, fair; (n) equity. Origin: L aequus, equal, even That the legal system is equitable was established when the son of a minister was sentenced to life imprisonment for murdering a servant girl. Law is based on the principle of equity-it treats all citizens exactly alike and punishments are decided strictly on the basis of what a convict did, with no heed paid to who he is. The opposite of equity is inequity.