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Feb 16, 2011
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Polysemantic words

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parity
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A.Word.A.Day
with Anu Garg

parity

PRONUNCIATION:
(PAR-i-tee)

MEANING:
noun: Equality in amount, status, etc.

ETYMOLOGY:
Via French from Latin paritas, from par (equal). Earliest documented use: 1572.

USAGE:
"That means that the parity of the Australian dollar against the greenback, loved by Aussies heading overseas but hated by exporters, is more accident than design."
Ian McIlwraith; Pressure on China for Yuan Move; The Sydney Morning Herald (Australia); Nov 12, 2010.


MEANING:
noun:
1. The condition of having given birth.
2. The number of children borne by a woman.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Latin parere (to give birth). Earliest documented use: 1877.

USAGE:
"It wasn't just ageing parity -- women waiting until their mid-30s to have a child -- that forced the change."
Zoe Williams; How the Inventor of the Pill Changed the World for Women; The Guardian (London, UK); Oct 30, 2010.


See more usage examples of parity in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
I have gained this by philosophy: that I do without being commanded what others do only from fear of the law. -Aristotle, philosopher (384-322 BCE)

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