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 inequitable (audio) \ adverb

Examples of inequitable in a Sentence

They protested the inequitable treatment of employees.
Recent Examples on the Web Too often, policies and practices are enacted and land on people differently, both positively and negatively, which creates an inequitable culture. Erika Cospy, Forbes, "Beyond Policies And Practices: For DEI Success, Focus On People," 9 Apr. 2021 For decades now, the funding of our public school infrastructure has remained the most inequitable aspect of our school finance system. Michael Addonizio, The Conversation, "America gets a D+ for school infrastructure - but federal COVID relief could pay for many repairs," 2 Apr. 2021 But lawmakers, public health and technology experts say the early expansion of eligibility marked just one of a handful of missteps that made Maryland’s vaccination rollout inefficient and inequitable. Alex Mann,, "Missteps marked Maryland’s COVID vaccine rollout, experts say: ‘We have to be willing to try different things’," 1 Apr. 2021 The criminal justice system in this country is broken and inequitable. Washington Post, "After crime plummeted in 2020, Baltimore will stop drug, sex prosecutions," 26 Mar. 2021 Unfortunately, vaccination distribution has thus far been deeply inadequate and inequitable. Rajiv J. Shah, Fortune, "The choice for rich nations: Help vaccinate the developing world, or face a prolonged pandemic," 19 Mar. 2021 The union was meant to address the company’s treatment of freelancers, job security and promotion opportunities for producers, as well as what many felt was an inequitable environment for employees of color. New York Times, "What Really Happened at ‘Reply All’?," 11 Mar. 2021 Vaccine distribution remains wildly inequitable, with wealthy countries vaccinating at far higher rates than low- and middle-income countries. Helen Branswell, STAT, "A pandemic expert weighs in on the long road ahead for Covid-19 vaccine distribution," 10 Mar. 2021 Others are wary — especially in places that have felt the devastating and inequitable effects of COVID-19. Paloma Esquivel, Los Angeles Times, "Parents struggle with a new dilemma: Is it safe to send kids back to school?," 10 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of inequitable

1667, in the meaning defined above

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16 Apr 2021

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“Inequitable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Apr. 2021.

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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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