in·​equal·​i·​ty ˌi-ni-ˈkwä-lə-tē How to pronounce inequality (audio)
: the quality of being unequal or uneven: such as
: social disparity
: disparity of distribution or opportunity
: lack of evenness
: the condition of being variable : changeableness
: an instance of being unequal
: 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 on the Web Without decisive action to develop fair access plans to these drugs for people living in poorer countries, there is a real danger that a significant medical advance will end up increasing inequality in health care. Jayasree K. Iyer, STAT, 7 June 2024 Mining has made New Caledonia prosperous, but there is stark economic inequality between whites and the Kanak people, who are now a minority in their homeland. Pete McKenzie, New York Times, 7 June 2024 This of course has come at the expense of other languages and the populations who speak them, poised to exacerbate digital inequalities in the long run. Rachel Ventresca, Fortune, 6 June 2024 The ceremony put an underline on a legislative session that featured state policymakers looking again and again to the state surplus to flatten inequalities. Nick Coltrain, The Denver Post, 1 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for inequality 

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Word History


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

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of inequality was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Inequality.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


in·​equal·​i·​ty ˌin-i-ˈkwäl-ət-ē How to pronounce inequality (audio)
plural inequalities
: the quality of being unequal
: an instance of being unequal (as an irregularity in a surface)
: a statement in mathematics or logic that two quantities usually separated by a special sign (as <, >, or ≠ respectively meaning "is less than," "is greater than," or "is not equal to") are not equal
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