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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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 Breaking the inequity cycle requires leaders to see talent as something that’s cultivated through hard work, stretch assignments, and investing in each employee’s success, Ely says. Hbs Working Knowledge, Forbes, 11 June 2021 According to Wilson, disparities in access to medical care -- combined with medical mistrust -- is a recipe for inequity. Dr. Divya Chhabra And Sony Salzman, ABC News, 5 June 2021 The numbers are staggering but not surprising in light of the way issues of race, wealth, and health inequity have been exacerbated in the past year. Emil Wilbekin, Town & Country, 2 June 2021 Domestically, there’s concern around passport inequity due to the digital divide and limited access to smartphones for the elderly and historically marginalized groups, including those who are unhoused. Donavyn Coffey, SELF, 16 Apr. 2021 Since they are not excluded, only inconvenienced, there is no inequity. Peter Baldwin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 2 June 2021 The administration is also announcing steps to end discrimination and bias in the housing market, including by launching an interagency initiative to combat inequity in home appraisals. CBS News, 1 June 2021 That inequity hummed during every play, with Pennsylvania looking sharp and Maryland rusty. Katherine Fominykh,, 31 May 2021 At the same time, Jewish ownership of property that was Jewish before 1948 is protected — something that Palestinians say is a cause of corrosive inequity. Laura King, Los Angeles Times, 30 May 2021

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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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16 Jun 2021

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“Inequity.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jun. 2021.

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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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