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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There are numerous examples of racial inequalities in health that are related to diet. Oyin Adedoyin,, "Black Vegetarian Society of Maryland keeps it green and delicious," 24 June 2019 Norway played the following day and beat Nigeria 3–0 without star Ada Hegerberg, who is opting out of the tournament to protest inequality in women's soccer in her native country. Jenna West,, "France vs. Norway Live Stream: Watch Women's World Cup Online, TV," 12 June 2019 Last year, the total number of women entering PhD programs was the lowest this century, solidifying inequality in the profession for years to come. Eshe Nelson, Quartz, "Economics needs to do more than attract women to solve its gender problem," 11 June 2019 The reason digital assistants acquiesce to harassment isn’t just sexism or gender inequality in the tech world, as disturbing and prevalent as those may be. Noam Cohen, WIRED, "Why Siri and Alexa Weren’t Built to Smack Down Harassment," 6 June 2019 Despite Trump's many attempts to criticize the practice of kneeling during the National Anthem, the act has been praised and adopted by people across the country who want to speak out against racial inequality in the US. Mekita Rivas, Teen Vogue, "Donald Trump's Campaign Is Selling “Stand Up For America” Football Jerseys," 10 Oct. 2018 This Land is Mehta’s expression of rage at the cynical exploitation of inequality. Gaiutra Bahadur, The New Republic, "The United States’ Debt to Immigrants," 25 June 2019 Read More: The Transgender Tipping PoInt David will assume the role in an era of heightened consciousness of inequality within the LGBTQ community. Philip Elliott, Time, "Human Rights Campaign Picks Alphonso David as New President," 25 June 2019 The Globe is creating a special investigative group that will examine issues of inequality in K-12 public education in Boston., "Tell us what you want to see in our enhanced education coverage," 20 June 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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