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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
Recent Examples on the Web The mayor said the violence was distracting from changes sought by thousands of peaceful protesters opposing racial inequity and police brutality., "Future of Seattle’s protest zone uncertain as police promise to return after shootings," 23 June 2020 Adding one more log into a bonfire of evidence about racial inequity in Wisconsin, the state's economy ranked last in racial equality among all 50 U.S. states, according to a new study of wealth and employment gaps between Black and white residents. Asha Prihar, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin's state economy rife with racial inequity, study finds," 20 June 2020 Some polls show that Americans are more concerned than before about police violence and the issues of racial inequity that have emerged in the wake of Floyd’s killing. Dallas News, "Royce West seeking to capture moment in Texas Democratic Senate runoff against MJ Hegar," 19 June 2020 Wendy stands on formidable shoulders and today stands strong, too, as one of the nation’s premier legal advocates and scholars on racial discrimination, inequity, and identity. Roy S. Johnson |, al, "Made for the moment: Wendy Greene, daughter of anti-discrimination pioneers, to present Angela Davis with Shuttlesworth award," 19 June 2020 Citizens are donating food to the homeless, but the government needs to do more to care for them and to effectively address the inequity that has long plagued our society. National Geographic, "A look inside Thailand, which prevented coronavirus from gaining a foothold," 18 June 2020 Drivers of health inequity have been amply documented for decades. Howard K. Koh, Time, "The COVID-19 Pandemic Shows Why We Must—And How We Can—End Racial Injustice in Health," 18 June 2020 Trying to find a common thread between the court’s decision and the media’s reckoning on race might seem like a lot, but the through-line feels clear: Removing one bad boss or winning a Supreme Court case does not fix institutional inequity. Nick Martin, The New Republic, "At-Will Employment Is the Real Cancel Culture," 17 June 2020 In tending, first and foremost, to concerns of representation, media coverage about inequity in food risks reproducing the industry’s disparities. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "The Table Stays White," 16 June 2020

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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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27 Jun 2020

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“Inequity.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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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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