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Definition of "disparity" []

  • The condition or fact of being unequal, as in age, rank, or degree; difference: "narrow the economic disparities among regions and industries” ( Courtenay Slater). (noun)
  • Unlikeness; incongruity. (noun)
  • Inequality or difference, as in age, rank, wages, etc (noun)

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  • Dissimilarity (noun)

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Use "disparity" in a sentence
  • "I'm guessing that the increase in disparity is more because the geezer bands can now charge hundreds of dollars per ticket to boomers reliving their past glory than a shift in attendance patterns."
  • "When you compare the two lists of groups -- which you can see after the jump -- the disparity is almost comical."
  • "Updated 10: 48: Sen. Cornyn just asked Judge Sotomayor a pointed question about what he calls a disparity between what she has said in speeches and how she has characterized those speeches."