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[in-ek-wi-tee] /ɪnˈɛk wɪ ti/
noun, plural inequities for 2.
lack of equity; unfairness; favoritism or bias.
an unfair circumstance or proceeding.
1550-60; in-3 + equity
Can be confused
inequity, iniquity. Unabridged
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  • Individuals vary genetically from their siblings and cousins in ways that may manifest as visible and physiological inequities.
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  • Economic expediency, though, has been used to justify a great many inequities throughout our nation's history.
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  • The right response is to address social inequities with national, rather than state or local, policies.
  • Using the same tenacity as the original settlers, modern innovators work to create jobs and solve social inequities.
  • The colonial heritage left deep social scars and inequities.
British Dictionary definitions for inequities


noun (pl) -ties
lack of equity; injustice; unfairness
an unjust or unfair act, sentence, etc
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for inequities



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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