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 Many of the city’s parks in underserved areas are in similar situations, and the city has been actively working to address the inequity through its new parks master plan. San Diego Union-Tribune, 10 July 2022 The proposals range from bills to address educational inequity and environmental justice to measures that promote economic development, expand children’s access to mental health services and address a lack of diversity among judicial nominees. Daniela Altimari,, 2 Mar. 2022 Furthermore, the flawed approach to vaccine distribution led to global vaccine inequity and deepened the health crisis. Muhammad Jawad Noon, Scientific American, 23 June 2022 Thus, the flip side to couple inequity is gender inequality. Jonathan Wai, Forbes, 25 Mar. 2022 Several large companies have announced plans to address digital inequity in Georgia in recent years. Spencer Donovan, ajc, 28 June 2022 Both run businesses that address racial inequity in health care. New York Times, 18 Mar. 2022 And the Biden administration recently made a sweeping commitment to help address racial inequity and the wealth gap, announced in conjunction with the 100th anniversary of the Tulsa massacre. Anne Sraders, Fortune, 18 June 2021 Against the backdrop of stark inequity, immediate funding for the global rollout of Covid-19 vaccines, treatments, and tests is essential. Muhammad Yunus, STAT, 29 May 2022 See More

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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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3 Aug 2022

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“Inequity.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2022.

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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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