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

Other Words from inequitable

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

Examples of inequitable in a Sentence

They protested the inequitable treatment of employees.
Recent Examples on the Web An economic security infrastructure that is inequitable for some weakens the entire system, Johnson said. Sasha Pezenik, ABC News, 26 Apr. 2022 On the contrary, they were designed to be inequitable, to have winners and losers, to leverage the work of the masses for the advantage of the few. Isis Dallis, Quartz, 21 Apr. 2022 The Nature Conservancy, a global environmental nonprofit group, released a report in November that found that despite prior planting efforts, the tree canopy coverage remained inequitable in New York City. NBC News, 23 Apr. 2022 As in the path to medical school, those in the competitive application to residency who belong to groups underrepresented in medicine face an inequitable process. Christin Drake, STAT, 14 Apr. 2022 This is not sustainable, Yun said, and the result is an increasingly inequitable housing market in which fewer people can own homes and first-time buyers are priced out entirely. Anna Bahney, CNN, 7 Apr. 2022 But that doesn’t solve inequitable development in the city of Cleveland. Courtney Astolfi, cleveland, 28 Mar. 2022 Admitting the district's current plan is racially inequitable is a first step, panelist Kish Cumi Price, commissioner of workforce investment with the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet, and others signaled. Olivia Krauth, The Courier-Journal, 23 Mar. 2022 Experts say the lack of vaccinations in poor countries is not only inequitable but also dangerous, exposing the world to a greater likelihood that more-virulent variants will emerge. Washington Post, 22 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of inequitable

1667, in the meaning defined above

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“Inequitable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Jun. 2022.

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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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