in·​equal·​i·​ty | \ ˌi-ni-ˈkwä-lə-tē How to pronounce inequality (audio) \

Definition of inequality

1 : the quality of being unequal or uneven: such as
a : social disparity
b : disparity of distribution or opportunity
c : lack of evenness
d : 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.
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Buttigieg also has released proposals addressing rural health care, the rural economy, gun control, foreign affairs, racial inequality and worker rights. Chris Sikich, Indianapolis Star, "Pete Buttigieg proposes $100 billion to improve mental health, fight addiction," 23 Aug. 2019 And that the playlist was not intended to challenge Stills’ stance on Jay-Z’s NFL deal or undermine Stills’ consistent efforts to raise awareness about issues like social inequality and racial injustices. Safid Deen,, "Dolphins blast Jay-Z playlist at practice, one day after receiver Kenny Stills questions rapper’s new deal with NFL," 20 Aug. 2019 Marina Starleaf Riker is an investigative reporter for the San Antonio Express-News with extensive experience covering affordable housing, inequality and disaster recovery. Marina Starleaf Riker,, "Hundreds of San Antonio children get free backpacks at 13th annual giveaway," 18 Aug. 2019 The announcement comes amid years of controversy surrounding the NFL, where many players have sat or knelt during the National Anthem to protest racial inequality and police brutality. Tatiana Cirisano, Billboard, "Jay-Z Details Social Justice NFL Partnership & How Colin Kaepernick Sparked Change: 'This Is a Success'," 14 Aug. 2019 Putin and the ruling United Russia party have been slipping in popularity as more Russians become disillusioned with the state of the Russian economy, including rising inequality and falling incomes. Jen Kirby, Vox, "The pro-democracy protests rocking Moscow, explained," 13 Aug. 2019 No party should expect to benefit forever from a system that perpetuates inequality and inaccuracy. Adam Eichen, The New Republic, "The Case Against the Electoral College Is Stronger Than Ever," 2 Aug. 2019 To address these racial inequalities, Williamson is proposing a $200-$500 billion plan of reparations for slavery, with the funds to be disbursed to recipients over the course of twenty years. Ineye Komonibo, Marie Claire, "What Exactly Is Marianne Williamson's Reparations Plan?," 31 July 2019 Seven of 10 Democratic presidential candidates who are members of Congress co-signed the Green New Deal, a resolution that addresses climate change, pollution, and income and racial inequality. Sophie Austin,, "Climate change: Where 2020 Democratic candidates for president stand," 26 July 2019

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First Known Use of inequality

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for inequality

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

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English Language Learners Definition of inequality

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


in·​equal·​i·​ty | \ ˌi-ni-ˈkwä-lə-tē How to pronounce inequality (audio) \
plural inequalities

Kids Definition of inequality

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

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