[ in-i-kwol-i-tee ]
/ ˌɪn ɪˈkwɒl ɪ ti /

noun, plural in·e·qual·i·ties.

Nearby words

  1. inenarrable,
  2. inept,
  3. ineptitude,
  4. ineptly,
  5. inequable,
  6. inequilateral,
  7. inequitable,
  8. inequity,
  9. inequivalve,
  10. ineradicable

Origin of inequality

First recorded in 1375–1425; late Middle English word from Latin word inaequālitās. See in-3, equality Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for inequality


/ (ˌɪnɪˈkwɒlɪtɪ) /

noun plural -ties

the state or quality of being unequal; disparity
an instance of disparity
lack of smoothness or regularity
social or economic disparity
  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



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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