[ dih-spar-i-tee ]
/ dɪˈspær ɪ ti /

noun, plural dis·par·i·ties.

lack of similarity or equality; inequality; difference: a disparity in age; disparity in rank.

Origin of disparity

1545–55; < Middle French desparite < Late Latin disparitās; see dis-1, parity1
Related formsnon·dis·par·i·ty, noun, plural non·dis·par·i·ties.

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/ (dɪˈspærɪtɪ) /

noun plural -ties

inequality or difference, as in age, rank, wages, etc


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Word Origin and History for disparity



1550s, from Middle French disparité (16c.), from Late Latin disparitatem (nominative disparitas) "inequality," from dis- "not" (see dis-) + paritas "parity" (see parity). Related: Disparities.

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