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Definition of "inequality" []

  • The condition of being unequal. (noun)
  • An instance of being unequal. (noun)
  • Lack of equality, as of opportunity, treatment, or status. (noun)
  • Social or economic disparity: the growing inequality between rich and poor. (noun)
  • Lack of smoothness or regularity; unevenness. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "inequality" in a sentence
  • "For many, the solution to an increase in inequality is to make the tax structure more progressive — raise taxes on high-income households and reduce taxes on low-income households."
  • "Arnold Kling thinks trends in inequality are less important than trends in rates of return: I have an uneasy feeling that the people who are arguing over whether inequality is increasing are asking the wrong question."
  • "For example, a search of Lexis/Nexis's database reveals that in October 2010, U.S. newspapers published 409 stories with the word "inequality"."