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inequality

[in-i-kwol-i-tee] /ˌɪn ɪˈkwɒl ɪ ti/
noun, plural inequalities.
1.
the condition of being unequal; lack of equality; disparity:
inequality of size.
2.
social disparity:
inequality between the rich and the poor.
3.
disparity or relative inadequacy in natural endowments:
a startling inequality of intellect, talents, and physical stamina.
4.
injustice; partiality.
5.
unevenness, as of surface.
6.
an instance of unevenness.
7.
variableness, as of climate.
8.
Astronomy.
  1. any component part of the departure from uniformity in astronomical phenomena, especially in orbital motion.
  2. the amount of such a departure.
9.
Mathematics. a statement that two quantities are unequal, indicated by the symbol ≠; alternatively, by the symbol <, signifying that the quantity preceding the symbol is less than that following, or by the symbol >, signifying that the quantity preceding the symbol is greater than that following.
Origin
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English < Latin inaequālitās. See in-3, equality
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  • The inequalities in his art are the effect of this strength, rather than the signs of undeveloped power.
  • In the nature of the soul is the compensation for the inequalities of condition.
  • His bare principle of the laws of gravitation accounts for all the apparent inequalities in the course of the celestial globes.
  • Still less is there any patent device for remedying social evils and doing away with social inequalities.
  • So adolescents are happier to accept inequalities as long as they're based on merit.
  • The flaw in this view is that if the society is structured with wide income inequalities, someone will always be at the bottom.
  • The inequalities of employment in the humanities reflect structural shifts going on in higher education.
  • He sees radical inequalities in income and wealth as a serious constraint on expansion.
  • Rather, they did the best they could to compensate for social inequalities that favored males.
  • Despite the good news, large financial inequalities still persist among professors in different disciplines.
British Dictionary definitions for inequalities

inequality

/ˌɪnɪˈkwɒlɪtɪ/
noun (pl) -ties
1.
the state or quality of being unequal; disparity
2.
an instance of disparity
3.
lack of smoothness or regularity
4.
social or economic disparity
5.
(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
6.
(astronomy) a departure from uniform orbital motion
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Word Origin and History for inequalities

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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