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.

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America has always been an inequitable place, of course. John Cassidy, The New Yorker, "Joe Biden Needs to Do More Than Bash Donald Trump," 13 June 2019 Several council members raised examples of inequitable spending, including Esparza, who said money for traffic calming and pedestrian safety infrastructure wasn’t fairly distributed. Emily Deruy, The Mercury News, "San Jose council passes budget after bitter debate about equity," 11 June 2019 Some of the problems are structural, like the extremely inequitable financial situation that rewards some teams (like Ferrari and Red Bull) more for just showing up than others could possibly earn through race results. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Formula 1 cars are about to go through a big change, but is it good?," 24 July 2018 By doing so, Resonate is able to offer acts better compensation by avoiding the market share issues that can cause inequitable distribution and cumulative payment rates more in line with download royalties than streaming ones. Grant Rindner, Billboard, "How Blockchain, Co-Ops and 'Microsubscription' Services Could Help Artists Earn More From Music Streaming," 30 Apr. 2018 That idea has fallen off the table amid concerns about creating an inequitable system that could face legal challenges. Ralph D. Russo,, "As leagues debate transfer rules, NCAA moves toward reform," 31 May 2018 Schools that minimize test scores, however, are often trading one inequitable measure of merit for another. Jeffrey Selingo, The Atlantic, "The Two Most Important College-Admissions Criteria Now Mean Less," 25 May 2018 DeGraw targeted Portland's commission form of government, which, despite its inequitable and archaic nature, has survived multiple efforts to abolish it. Everton Bailey Jr.,, "Man dies after he jumps onto I-5, gets hit by car, police say," 20 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of inequitable

1667, in the meaning defined above

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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

Other Words from inequitable

inequitably adverb

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behavior toward others

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