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noun in·equal·i·ty \ˌi-ni-ˈkwä-lə-tē\

Simple Definition of inequality

  • : an unfair situation in which some people have more rights or better opportunities than other people

Full Definition of inequality

  1. 1 :  the quality of being unequal or uneven: as a :  lack of evenness b :  social disparity c :  disparity of distribution or opportunity d :  the condition of being variable :  changeableness

  2. 2 :  an instance of being unequal

  3. 3 :  a formal statement of inequality between two quantities usually separated by a sign of inequality (as <, >, or ≠ signifying respectively is less than, is greater than, or is not equal to)

Examples of inequality

  1. They discussed the problem of inequality between students.

  2. He accused the company of inequality in its hiring practices.

  3. He has proposed a new system designed to remove inequalities in health care.



Origin of inequality

Middle English inequalite, from Latin inaequalitat-, inaequalitas, from inaequalis unequal, from in- + aequalis equal


First Known Use: 15th century

Rhymes with inequality



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