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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While carving out a place herself on the big screen, Debicki has also become an outspoken proponent of the #metoo movement, using her platform to open up the discussion around gender inequity and inclusivity in Hollywood. Vogue, "Elizabeth Debicki Is Redefining the Look of Australian Cool," 20 Mar. 2019 The episode explored the country with humor and clear eyes — addressing issues of politics and gender inequity but without confusing the country’s everyday people with its systems of law. Carolina A. Miranda,, "For Anthony Bourdain, food was just the entry point for a much wider cultural discussion," 8 June 2018 Do the findings in the GAO report imply that only some states have issues with racial inequities in special education and others do not? Valerie Strauss, Washington Post, "Why DeVos’s plan to delay Obama-era rule on minority special-education students is a mistake," 20 Mar. 2018 And when black residents have voiced their desire to preserve park and green space, they have been told that with all the inequities African-Americans have to deal with, parkland should be the least of their worries. Lolly Bowean,, "As Obama Presidential Center comes closer to reality, tensions on race, class surface," 22 Feb. 2018 Though the Me Too movement and Time's Up campaign have taken hold in Hollywood, the initiative dedicated to confronting abuse and gender inequity hasn't caught on in the same way in the music industry. Carly Mallenbaum, USA TODAY, "Janelle Monáe calls out the music industry from Grammys stage: 'Time's up for the abuse of power'," 29 Jan. 2018 Her book is really about using socialist principles to offset the gender inequities in capitalist societies. Sean Illing, Vox, "Why women have better sex under socialism, according to an anthropologist," 12 Dec. 2018 In its steps announced Thursday, Google didn’t address two of the demands: that the company commit to end pay inequity for women and minorities; and that the company’s chief diversity officer report directly to the CEO. Douglas Macmillan, WSJ, "Google to End Forced Arbitration for Sexual-Harassment Claims," 8 Nov. 2018 Increasing attention to gender and racial pay inequities has prompted some businesses to adjust their compensation. Stacy Cowley, The Seattle Times, "Nike will raise wages for thousands after outcry over inequality," 23 July 2018

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First Known Use of inequity

1556, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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