Definition of inequality
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 : an instance of being unequal
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 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.
Origin and Etymology of inequality
Middle English inequalite, from Latin inaequalitat-, inaequalitas, from inaequalis unequal, from in- + aequalis equal
First Known Use: 15th century
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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