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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Any other tech company should just address this because there is so much inequity. Shirin Ghaffary, Recode, "After 20,000 workers walked out, Google said it got the message. The workers disagree.," 21 Nov. 2018 The 2019 debut of the UltraFICO score, an alternative to the traditional FICO credit score, is being touted as a potential remedy for the inequities in the US credit system. Nadra Nittle, Vox, "Spend “frivolously” and be penalized under China’s new social credit system," 2 Nov. 2018 Locally, a group of women urged the Massachusetts Biotechnology Council to do more to fight gender inequities. Shirley Leung,, "In 2018, there is no excuse for topless dancers at a corporate event," 14 June 2018 As a response, Mr. Wahlberg and his talent agency donated $2 million in the name of Ms. Williams to a fund dedicated to fighting pay inequity and harassment of women in Hollywood. Maya Salam, New York Times, "Claire Foy, Queen on ‘The Crown,’ Was Paid Less Than Her Onscreen Husband," 13 Mar. 2018 In addition to Pleasantville and the 9th Ward in New Orleans, the project will help communities in Gulfport, Miss., Mobile, Ala., and Pensacola, Fla. fight health and environmental inequities. Cindy George, Houston Chronicle, "Environmental consortium addressing inequality convenes in Houston on Saturday," 12 Jan. 2018 But there’s more to America to Me than an examination of these inequities. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "From Succession to Pose, Sharp Objects to Castle Rock, this summer has featured some terrific TV.," 1 Sep. 2018 Which is why the media—from cover stars to mastheads to creatives who concept and produce content—becomes a significant tool to bring these unsettling and pervasive inequities to the forefront. Marjon Carlos, Glamour, "September's Black Fashion Cover Stars Reveal More Than Just Style," 8 Aug. 2018 That is a massive inequity, and not one that two funds—both of which are relatively small by VC industry standards—are going to be able to fix all by themselves. Kristen Bellstrom, Fortune, "Helen Rodriguez Trias, Patricia Okoumou, New Voices: Broadsheet July 9th," 9 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 \
plural inequities

Legal Definition of inequity 

: injustice also : an instance of injustice

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