in·eq·ui·ty | \ (ˌ)i-ˈne-kwə-tē \

Definition of inequity 

2 : an instance of injustice or unfairness

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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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Do the inequities in America’s criminal-justice system reflect our misconduct? Michael Harriot, The Root, "Unprotected, Underserved: The (False) Criminalization of Black America," 25 June 2018 Experts say inequities in the student-lending system are also underlined by the looming tax bomb. Josh Mitchell, WSJ, "Student-Debt Forgiveness Is a Wonderful Boon, Until the IRS Comes Calling," 24 June 2018 Instead of pointing a finger at the vast national inequities in housing, health care, nutrition, and education that rob people of color of good health, racial associations imagine race as an internal defect that drives health disparities. Jennifer W. Tsai, STAT, "You can’t tell a book by its cover — or a disease by Drake’s race," 11 July 2018 The inequity created by this tenuous class of immigrants is the source of the nativism on which Mr. Trump capitalized. Paul Donnelly, WSJ, "Give Immigrant Entrepreneurs Green Cards, Not ‘Parole’," 11 June 2018 But the livelihood of the bail bond owner depends at least partly on a central inequity in the criminal-justice system, which is that bonds tend to penalize poverty more than the severity of the offense. Gilbert Garcia, San Antonio Express-News, "DA contender tries to calm fears of bail bond owners," 31 May 2018 Women are far more likely than their male colleagues to say that gender gaps are rooted in inequities in the market. The Economist, "Barriers to entry," 10 May 2018 The inequity is among the factors driving teachers across Arizona to strike beginning next Thursday, following protests across the state. David Williams, CNN, "This Arizona teacher might earn $50,000 more a year by driving 10 more minutes to work in California," 20 Apr. 2018 Players kneeling during the national anthem to protest police brutality and racial inequity have attracted the wrath of President Donald Trump and his supporters. Ross Ramsey, star-telegram, "Football may be popular in Texas, but the NFL isn't, poll shows," 1 July 2018

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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 \
plural inequities

Legal Definition of inequity 

: injustice also : an instance of injustice

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