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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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 Steven Kendall, a deputy tree warden for the city, said in many neighborhoods people work long hours and cannot volunteer to take care of their trees, contributing to inequity across the city. Jamie Halper,, "City grapples with equity in its tree canopy," 18 June 2018 Related The archbishop, who had preached passionately against military violence, political repression and economic inequities, was immediately upon his death revered as a martyr by devotees in his country and abroad. Francis X. Rocca, WSJ, "Pope Grants Sainthood to El Salvador’s Martyred Archbishop Romero," 14 Oct. 2018 The second demand is a commitment to end pay and opportunity inequity. Shirin Ghaffary, Recode, "After 20,000 workers walked out, Google said it got the message. The workers disagree.," 21 Nov. 2018 The revelation comes as Hollywood faces fierce criticism over pay inequities and struggles to find its footing in treating women fairly. Daniel Arkin /, NBC News, "'The Crown' producers admit Queen Elizabeth actress paid less than Prince Philip actor," 13 Mar. 2018 The disparity raises concerns on a number of levels, beyond the basic inequity. Chris Morris, Fortune, "Michelle Williams Was Paid Less Than 1% of What Mark Wahlburg Was Paid for the ‘All the Money in the World’ Reshoots," 5 Jan. 2018 The deep down in the bones, the discrimination and the inequity, Google is no different. Shirin Ghaffary, Recode, "After 20,000 workers walked out, Google said it got the message. The workers disagree.," 21 Nov. 2018 Senate and House Democrats are accusing Education Secretary Betsy DeVos of exacerbating racial disparities in student debt by failing to help defrauded borrowers, enforce consumer protections and examine the root causes of debt inequity. Danielle Douglas-gabriel, Washington Post, "Are Betsy DeVos’s policies exacerbating racial inequities in student debt? These lawmakers think so.," 18 June 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 How to pronounce inequity (audio) \
plural inequities

Legal Definition of inequity

: injustice also : an instance of injustice

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of or relating to a parable or parabola

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