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[in-ek-wi-tuh-buh l]
  1. not equitable; unjust or unfair: an inequitable decision.
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Origin of inequitable

First recorded in 1660–17; in-3 + equitable
Related formsin·eq·ui·ta·ble·ness, nounin·eq·ui·ta·bly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for inequitably

Historical Examples

  • The whole matter was thus most inequitably postponed to the July number, primarily at Dr. Royce's instigation.

    A Public Appeal for Redress to the Corporation and Overseers of Harvard University

    Francis Ellingwood Abbot

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

British Dictionary definitions for inequitably


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



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

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