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in·e·qual·i·ty

 (ĭn′ĭ-kwŏl′ĭ-tē)
n. pl. in·e·qual·i·ties
1.
a. The condition of being unequal.
b. An instance of being unequal.
2.
a. Lack of equality, as of opportunity, treatment, or status.
b. Social or economic disparity: the growing inequality between rich and poor.
3. Lack of smoothness or regularity; unevenness.
4. Variability; changeability.
5. Mathematics An algebraic relation showing that a quantity is greater than or less than another quantity.
6. Astronomy A deviation from uniformity in the apparent motion of a celestial body.

inequality

(ˌɪnɪˈkwɒlɪtɪ)
n, 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. (Mathematics) maths
a. a statement indicating that the value of one quantity or expression is not equal to another, as in xy
b. 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) astronomy a departure from uniform orbital motion

in•e•qual•i•ty

(ˌɪn ɪˈkwɒl ɪ ti)

n., pl. -ties.
1. the condition of being unequal; lack of equality; disparity.
2. injustice; partiality.
3. unevenness, as of surface.
4. an instance of unevenness.
5. variableness, as of climate.
6.
a. any component part of the departure from uniformity in astronomical phenomena, esp. in orbital motion.
b. the amount of such a departure.
7. 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.
[1375–1425; late Middle English < Latin]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.inequality - lack of equality; "the growing inequality between rich and poor"
difference - the quality of being unlike or dissimilar; "there are many differences between jazz and rock"
nonequivalence - not interchangeable
disparity - inequality or difference in some respect
unevenness - the quality of being unbalanced
equality - the quality of being the same in quantity or measure or value or status

inequality

noun disparity, prejudice, difference, bias, diversity, irregularity, unevenness, lack of balance, disproportion, imparity, preferentiality corruption and social inequality
Quotations
"All animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others" [George Orwell Animal Farm]
"Whatever may be the general endeavor of a community to render its members equal and alike, the personal pride of individuals will always seek to rise above the line, and to form somewhere an inequality to their own advantage" [Alexis de Tocqueville Democracy in America]

inequality

noun
1. The condition or fact of being unequal, as in age, rank, or degree:
2. Lack of smoothness or regularity:
Translations
لا مُساواه، تَفاوُت
nerovnost
ulighed
epätasa-arvo
ójöfnuîur
nelygybė
nevienlīdzība
olikhet
eşitsizlik

inequality

[ˌɪnɪˈkwɒlɪtɪ] Ndesigualdad f
inequality of wealth/between nationsla desigualdad en el reparto de la riqueza/entre naciones

inequality

[ˌɪniˈkwɒlɪti] ninégalité f

inequality

n (= lack of equality)Ungleichheit f; (= instance of inequality)Unterschied m; great inequalities in wealthgroße Unterschiede plin der Verteilung von Reichtum; inequality of opportunityChancenungleichheit f; inequality of opportunity in educationUngleichheit fder Bildungschancen

inequality

[ˌɪnɪˈkwɒlɪtɪ] n (gen) → ineguaglianza, disuguaglianza (Math) → disuguaglianza

inequality

(iniˈkwoləti) noun
(a case of) the existence of differences in size, value etc between two or more objects etc. There is bound to be inequality between a manager's salary and a workman's wages.
References in classic literature ?
There was a pleasing inequality in the table, which produced many mishaps to cups and plates, acorns dropped in the milk, little black ants partook of the refreshments without being invited, and fuzzy caterpillars swung down from the tree to see what was going on.
Then it was he discovered that the form of Uncas vanished, and that he beheld only the dark outline of an inequality in the embankment.
The other, we are almost ashamed to say, was the venerable Uncle Venner, in a clean shirt, and a broadcloth coat, more respectable than his ordinary wear, inasmuch as it was neatly patched on each elbow, and might be called an entire garment, except for a slight inequality in the length of its skirts.
For, not to hint of this: that it is an inference from certain canonic teachings, that while some natural enjoyments here shall have no children born to them for the other world, but, on the contrary, shall be followed by the joy-childlessness of all hell's despair; whereas, some guilty mortal miseries shall still fertilely beget to themselves an eternally progressive progeny of griefs beyond the grave; not at all to hint of this, there still seems an inequality in the deeper analysis of the thing.
Had the same behaviour continued, Miss Smith might have been led into a misconception of your views; not being aware, probably, any more than myself, of the very great inequality which you are so sensible of.
As we get on from past to present, keep in mind the terrible inequality of Michael's inheritance and Andrew's inheritance.
As to any sense of inequality, or youthfulness, or other difficulty in our way, little Em'ly and I had no such trouble, because we had no future.
The object of the collection is to illustrate the natural inequality of man, and the failure of our artificial inequality to correspond with it.
Raised in unrivalled prosperity, we inherit an economy that is still the world's strongest, but is weakened by business failures, stagnant wages, increasing inequality, and deep divisions among OUR OWN people.
But there was one hitch in this case, which was that of inequality of rank, Don Clavijo being a private gentleman, and the Princess Antonomasia, as I said, heiress to the kingdom.
And this proves not only that the brutes have less reason than man, but that they have none at all: for we see that very little is required to enable a person to speak; and since a certain inequality of capacity is observable among animals of the same species, as well as among men, and since some are more capable of being instructed than others, it is incredible that the most perfect ape or parrot of its species, should not in this be equal to the most stupid infant of its kind or at least to one that was crack-brained, unless the soul of brutes were of a nature wholly different from ours.
The attempt, therefore, to regulate the contributions of the members of a confederacy by any such rule, cannot fail to be productive of glaring inequality and extreme oppression.