inequity

noun

in·​eq·​ui·​ty (ˌ)i-ˈne-kwə-tē How to pronounce inequity (audio)
1
2
: an instance of injustice or unfairness

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 small-business credit crunch and ongoing inequities in capital access could be alleviated through legislative action to increase fairness and transparency in lending. Carolina Martinez, Forbes, 20 Feb. 2024 Adding to the height of wartime emotions is what both Israelis and Palestinians see as double standards in how international law is being applied, inequities that reinforce perceptions of a lack of empathy. Taylor Luck, The Christian Science Monitor, 15 Feb. 2024 Waller is calling for more gun legislation and said more work needs to be done to dismantle inequities that directly impact Black women. Claretta Bellamy, NBC News, 9 Feb. 2024 Once identified, the next step would include review of gaps or inequities that exist. Charlotte Observer, 8 Feb. 2024 Creating inclusive opportunities that address the inequities would make a difference. Tiffany Eve Lawrence, Parents, 4 Feb. 2024 With a small staff, Trees Matter must also rely on soliciting applications and matching those requests with available funds, rather than seeking out the best possible locations to address tree shade inequities. The Arizona Republic, 24 Jan. 2024 That means increasing levels of pollutants associated with asthma, poor birth outcomes, heart attack and cancer, exacerbating the already existing stark health inequities in California. Chirag Bhakta, The Mercury News, 8 Feb. 2024 Disparities between who can and can’t afford child care reflect long-standing structural inequities in the United States. Theresa Vargas, Washington Post, 7 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1556, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of inequity was in 1556

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Cite this Entry

“Inequity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/inequity. Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

inequity

noun
in·​eq·​ui·​ty (ˈ)in-ˈek-wət-ē How to pronounce inequity (audio)
plural inequities
1
2
: an instance of injustice or unfairness

Legal Definition

inequity

noun
in·​eq·​ui·​ty in-ˈe-kwə-tē How to pronounce inequity (audio)
plural inequities
: injustice
also : an instance of injustice
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