in·​eq·​ui·​ty | \ (ˌ)i-ˈne-kwə-tē How to pronounce inequity (audio) \

Definition of inequity

2 : an instance of injustice or unfairness

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Synonyms & Antonyms for inequity


injustice, unfairness, unjustness


equity, fairness, justice

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Examples of inequity in a Sentence

the inequities in wages paid to men and women the inequity of the punishment led many people to believe that the defendant was being punished for his political beliefs

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The policy proposal Buttigieg unveiled Thursday appeared to be a way to position himself at the forefront of efforts to reduce longstanding inequities in federal and state criminal justice systems., "Buttigieg, struggling with black voters, releases plan to address racial inequities," 11 July 2019 In the early 1960s, photographer Gordon Parks traveled to Brazil and photographed a poignant story about a young favela dweller named Flávio da Silva that highlighted issues of poverty and inequity in that country. Carolina A. Miranda,, "Datebook: At the Getty, one of Gordon Parks’ most controversial photographic series," 11 July 2019 Her research interests include social inequities in health and hospital community investments. Erica Browne, The Mercury News, "Opinion: Hospitals need to address Oakland’s homeless black men," 9 July 2019 The report said the technology was too unreliable and could exacerbate existing inequities in policing, for example by penalizing black or LBGTQ communities. Tom Simonite, WIRED, "Taser Maker Says It Won't Use Facial Recognition in Bodycams," 28 June 2019 His matter-of-factness was a … Colleges and universities cannot be expected to solve America’s problems of inequity. Andrew Delbanco, The New York Review of Books, "Andrew Delbanco," 17 Jan. 2019 By age 14, girls drop out of sports at a rate nearly twice that of boys, due to lack of access, social stigma, and other inequities. Laura Mallonee, WIRED, "The Importance of Photographing Women in Sports," 26 June 2019 But in March, every member of the national team joined together to sue U.S. Soccer for gender discrimination and wage inequity. Nancy Armour, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Here's what's behind criticism of U.S. women and World Cup celebrations," 15 June 2019 The plan is to meet with education advocates in each community to discuss how the budget impacts their schools and to shed light on some of the inequities between districts. Annysa Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Educators plan March to Madison in effort to restore Evers' education budget," 14 June 2019

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First Known Use of inequity

1556, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of inequity was in 1556

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English Language Learners Definition of inequity

: lack of fairness : unfair treatment
: something that is unfair


in·​eq·​ui·​ty | \ in-ˈe-kwə-tē How to pronounce inequity (audio) \
plural inequities

Legal Definition of inequity

: injustice also : an instance of injustice

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