inequality

[in-i-kwol-i-tee]

noun, plural in·e·qual·i·ties.


Origin of inequality

First recorded in 1375–1425; late Middle English word from Latin word inaequālitās. See in-3, equality
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Contemporary Examples of inequality

Historical Examples of inequality

  • And the upshot of that dumb battle is inequality—and beauty.

    Alarms and Discursions

    G. K. Chesterton

  • The inequality of the contest adds greatly to the humour of the scene.

  • Hence there is a principle of inequality, and therefore of motion, in all time.

    Timaeus

    Plato

  • Then the one partakes of inequality, and in respect of this the others are unequal to it?

  • That would imply likeness and unlikeness, equality and inequality.


British Dictionary definitions for inequality

inequality

noun plural -ties

the state or quality of being unequal; disparity
an instance of disparity
lack of smoothness or regularity
social or economic disparity
maths
  1. a statement indicating that the value of one quantity or expression is not equal to another, as in xy
  2. 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
astronomy a departure from uniform orbital motion
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Word Origin and History for inequality
n.

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).

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