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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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 Access to child care has been identified as a growing national problem, spurred by sky-high costs for parents and the inequitable supply of childcare centers across the nation. Alden Woods, ProPublica, 13 June 2021 Access to childcare has been identified as a growing national problem, spurred by sky-high costs for parents and the inequitable supply of childcare centers across the nation. Alden Woods And Agnel Philip, The Arizona Republic, 10 June 2021 Blame guns, poor schools, poor family structure, inequitable wealth, or anything else, but violence is increasing and airlines are part of society and part of this trend. Ben Baldanza, Forbes, 7 June 2021 In 1989, the state Supreme Court agreed, ruling the existing system was inequitable and inadequate, prompting an overhaul of the state's schools system the following year. Olivia Krauth, The Courier-Journal, 5 June 2021 Hodel said the system was inequitable and confusing for patrons and business owners, and didn't encourage turnover at the convenient on-street parking spots. Jenny Berg, Star Tribune, 29 May 2021 The weaker the media, the more inequitable a city is allowed to be. Washington Post, 21 May 2021 Economists and tax experts have long decried the complexity of the tax code as being inefficient, inequitable, and ripe with opportunities for evasion. Christopher Faricy, Fortune, 20 May 2021 Growing empirical evidence from across the country shows that property taxes are also inequitable, saddling low-income homeowners with a lopsided share of municipal tax burdens. Thiru Vignarajah, WSJ, 16 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of inequitable

1667, in the meaning defined above

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15 Jun 2021

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“Inequitable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jun. 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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