in·​eq·​ui·​ta·​ble | \ (ˌ)i-ˈne-kwə-tə-bəl How to pronounce inequitable (audio) \

Definition of inequitable

: not equitable : unfair an inequitable distribution of funds

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inequitably \ (ˌ)i-​ˈne-​kwə-​tə-​blē How to pronounce inequitably (audio) \ adverb

Examples of inequitable in a Sentence

They protested the inequitable treatment of employees.
Recent Examples on the Web The cannabis industry is too often targeted by inequitable policies., "Should Massachusetts ban billboards advertising marijuana products?," 16 Jan. 2020 The mayor, who was raised by her grandmother in public housing, is striving to make a notoriously inequitable city into one where everyone has a shot at quality housing, great education and well-paying jobs. NBC News, "San Francisco: Mayor has easy reelection; vaping on ballot," 4 Nov. 2019 The former president of the Board of Supervisors was raised by her grandmother in the city's public housing and has made equity a priority in a city that has become deeply inequitable. CBS News, "San Francisco's first black female mayor wins reelection," 7 Nov. 2019 As we near 2020, civic exclusion is still a critical tool for those invested in preserving an inequitable status quo, and the policies surrounding mass incarceration are invaluable for continuing to deny participation to millions of Americans. Piper Kerman, Washington Post, "We’ve Normalized Prison," 28 Oct. 2019 Twenty-eight players, including Alex Morgan and Megan Rapinoe, sued U.S. Soccer in March alleging institutionalized gender discrimination that includes inequitable compensation compared to players on the men's national team. Anne Peterson,, "US Soccer opposes USWNT request for class certification," 1 Oct. 2019 In every meaningful way, the splintered and inequitable system of rural Alaska law enforcement described by Simeon Askoak in 2005 is worse today. Kyle Hopkins, ProPublica, "After the Last Cop Killed Himself, All the Criminals Have to Do Is Hide," 24 Oct. 2019 Thirty-eight VPSOs statewide — and shrinking In every meaningful way, the splintered and inequitable system of rural Alaska law enforcement described by Simeon Askoak in 2005 is worse today. Anchorage Daily News, "The last police officer," 24 Oct. 2019 And one place to start is on the hiring practices that result in racially inequitable outcomes for people of color. Ellen Mcgirt, Fortune, "At Fortune’s Global Sustainability Forum, the Planet Is the Point: raceAhead," 5 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of inequitable

1667, in the meaning defined above

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25 Feb 2020

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“Inequitable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of inequitable

formal : not fair or equal


in·​eq·​ui·​ta·​ble | \ in-ˈe-kwi-tə-bəl How to pronounce inequitable (audio) \

Legal Definition of inequitable

: contrary to the principles of equity : not fair or just inequitable conduct

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inequitably adverb

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