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inequity

[in-ek-wi-tee]
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noun, plural in·eq·ui·ties for 2.
  1. lack of equity; unfairness; favoritism or bias.
  2. an unfair circumstance or proceeding.
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Origin of inequity

First recorded in 1550–60; in-3 + equity
Can be confusedinequity iniquity
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Related Words

unfairnessinjusticewrong

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  • Mellie Garson sat on an overturned pickle keg sourly contemplating the inequity of fate.

    The Duck-footed Hound

    James Arthur Kjelgaard


British Dictionary definitions for inequity

inequity

noun plural -ties
  1. lack of equity; injustice; unfairness
  2. an unjust or unfair act, sentence, etc
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Word Origin and History for inequity

n.

1550s, from in- (1) "not, opposite of" + equity. Formed from the same elements as iniquity, but natively. Related: Inequities.

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