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
In reality, feminism is simply the belief in gender inequality.
Collectively, such data suggest the potential for growing inequality not just within the United States but also around the globe.
European Central Bank President Mario Draghi defended the impact of the bank’s stimulus policies on Europe’s youth Monday, arguing that keeping interest rates low had helped create jobs and reduce inequality.
This tax break for the rich has contributed to the state’s growing inequality.
This story was produced and was first published on the website of the Hechinger Report, a nonprofit, independent news website focused on inequality and innovation in education.
In her hands, the country’s inequality, beauty, and corruption tangle together to become a manifestation of our own darkest thoughts and fears.
Breaking down that divide is essential to reducing the high level of income inequality in South Korea, the International Monetary Fund said in a March report.
The issue has become so well-recognized that in 2016 the U.S. Department of Transportation launched an initiative to look at the role transportation infrastructure plays in inequality.
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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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