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[ in-ek-wi-tuh-buh l ]
/ ɪnˈɛk wɪ tə bəl /


not equitable; unjust or unfair: an inequitable decision.

Nearby words

ineptitude, ineptly, inequable, inequality, inequilateral, inequitable, inequity, inequivalve, ineradicable, inerasable, inerrable

Origin of inequitable

First recorded in 1660–17; in-3 + equitable
Related formsin·eq·ui·ta·ble·ness, nounin·eq·ui·ta·bly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for inequitably

  • Government, for instance, which makes fatal mistakes; law, which so often bears hardly and inequitably in individual cases.

    A History of Freedom of Thought|John Bagnell Bury
  • The whole matter was thus most inequitably postponed to the July number, primarily at Dr. Royce's instigation.

British Dictionary definitions for inequitably


/ (ɪnˈɛkwɪtəbəl) /


not equitable; unjust or unfair
Derived Formsinequitableness, nouninequitably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for inequitably



1660s, from in- (1) "not, opposite of" + equitable. Related: Inequitably.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper