Definition of inequality
1 : the quality of being unequal or uneven: such asa : lack of evennessb : social disparityc : disparity of distribution or opportunityd : the condition of being variable : changeableness
2 : an instance of being unequal
3 : a formal statement of inequality between two quantities usually separated by a sign of inequality (such as <, >, or ≠ signifying respectively is less than, is greater than, or is not equal to)
Examples of inequality in a Sentence
They discussed the problem of inequality between students.
He accused the company of inequality in its hiring practices.
He has proposed a new system designed to remove inequalities in health care.
Recent Examples of inequality from the Web
Online critics complained of gender inequality after the Alamo Drafthouse scheduled a handful of female-only screenings across the country.
If inequality is relatively high, then a relatively small number of rich people is going to own the lion’s share of taxable assets.
Even when controlling for socioeconomic disparities, the gaps remain: The 2016 study, conducted by researchers at Stanford, still placed Chapel Hill and Berkeley toward the top for test-score inequality.
Supporters of the monuments were unable to persuade the majority Democrat committee that Louisiana needs laws aimed at protecting symbols that many said were painful reminders of racial inequality.
This story was produced by The Hechinger Report, a nonprofit, independent news organization focused on inequality and innovation in education.
Returning to his home borough of Brooklyn, Sanders addressed many of the issues that drove his 2016 presidential campaign: income inequality, the criminal justice system and climate change.
Democrats have no interest in maintaining Americans’ antipathy for the IRS, or accelerating the growth of income inequality.
Feeding the bitterness is an inequality rarely seen among neighboring societies.
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Origin and Etymology of inequality
Middle English inequalite, from Latin inaequalitat-, inaequalitas, from inaequalis unequal, from in- + aequalis equal
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
INEQUALITY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of inequality for English Language Learners
: an unfair situation in which some people have more rights or better opportunities than other people
INEQUALITY Defined for Kids
Definition of inequality for Students
: the quality of being unequal or uneven : lack of equality The laws are aimed to end educational inequality.
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