noun, plural in·e·qual·i·ties.
- social or economic disparity: inequality between the rich and the poor; widening income inequality in America.
- unequal opportunity or treatment resulting from this disparity: inequality in healthcare and education.
- any component part of the departure from uniformity in astronomical phenomena, especially in orbital motion.
- the amount of such a departure.
Origin of inequality
Examples from the Web for inequality
Parker tells of a new Texas struggling to deal with inequality.
Thomas Piketty raised the Big Questions this year about democracy and inequality.
Other shows have allowed gender and inequality to inspire some episodes: The Twilight Zone, for example.
Voters consistently list the economy and inequality as top concerns.Why Isn’t Prison Justice on the Ballot This Tuesday?|Inimai Chettiar, Abigail Finkelman|November 1, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“Economic diversity” has entered the language as a standard way to talk about inequality in higher education.
Those who thought themselves in the know, put down the inequality of her performance to some recent tiff with Prince Zouroff.The Intriguers|William Le Queux
Soundings were taken, but no inequality in the sea-bed was observed sufficient to account for them.Cruise of the 'Alert'|R. W. Coppinger
A certain degree of inequality--though we cannot lay down the limitation--makes "friendship" a misnomer.
Social liberalism abolishes the inequality of possession, of the poor and rich, and makes people possessionless or propertyless.The Ego and His Own|Max Stirner
The great cause in the inequality of the distribution of wealth is the inequality in the ownership of land.
noun plural -ties
- a statement indicating that the value of one quantity or expression is not equal to another, as in x ≠ y
- a relationship between real numbers involving inequality: x may be greater than y, denoted by x > y, or less than y, denoted by x < y
early 15c., "difference of rank or dignity," from Old French inequalité (14c.) and directly from Medieval Latin inaequalitas, from Latin inaequalis "unequal," from in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + aequalis "equal" (see equal).