inequality

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noun in·equal·i·ty \ˌi-ni-ˈkwä-lə-tē\

Definition of inequality

  1. 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. 2 :  an instance of being unequal

  3. 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

  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.

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Origin and Etymology of inequality

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


INEQUALITY Defined for English Language Learners

inequality

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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

inequality

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noun in·equal·i·ty \ˌi-ni-ˈkwä-lə-tē\

Definition of inequality for Students

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inequalities

  1. :  the quality of being unequal or uneven :  lack of equality The laws are aimed to end educational inequality.



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