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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Synonyms & Antonyms for inequity


injustice, unfairness, unjustness


equity, fairness, justice

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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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In fact, inequities he’s seen in the district motivated him to run for the school board., "Andrew Scott, a Portland Public Schools graduate, wants to improve systematic inequities," 27 June 2019 With every inequity, the team leveraged its unprecedented success to force change. Tate Royer, The Denver Post, "Guest Commentary: The biggest fight facing the U.S. women’s soccer team isn’t on the field," 14 June 2019 These inequities were at odds with the way McFadden viewed, and still views, the world. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "17-Time Paralympic Medalist Tatyana McFadden on Fighting for the Rights of Athletes With Disabilities," 14 May 2019 That hints at other factors complicating the student-debt crisis, such as racial pay-gap inequities. Dallas News, "Texas college students take on too much debt, with the heaviest burden on black families, study finds," 24 July 2019 That’s not to say the filmmaking is slovenly or the acting lacks commitment, but the observations regarding Montreal’s homeless population and the inequities of our entire global economic capitalist system become, well, fishy. Michael Phillips, Detroit Free Press, "‘Fall of the American Empire’ is annoyingly preachy," 11 July 2019 The inequities—and futility—of most college athletics have been well documented. Kevin Baker, Harper's magazine, "What We Do in the Shadows," 24 June 2019 But, as the spotlight has grown brighter, the inequities have become more glaring. Louisa Thomas, The New Yorker, "The Women’s World Cup Has Become a Referendum on Women’s Sports," 13 June 2019 After spending days on the front lines battling racial inequity, activists could have a seat in the dining room of Dooky Chase’s and dine with class, beauty, and dignity, surrounded by work from black artists. Shauna Stuart |,, "Six Alabama chefs on the culinary legacy of Leah Chase," 11 June 2019

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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 How to pronounce inequity (audio) \
plural inequities

Legal Definition of inequity

: injustice also : an instance of injustice

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