Definition of Inequality

1. Noun. Lack of equality. "The growing inequality between rich and poor"

Generic synonyms: Difference
Specialized synonyms: Nonequivalence, Disparity, Unevenness
Antonyms: Equality



Definition of Inequality

1. n. The quality of being unequal; difference, or want of equality, in any respect; lack of uniformity; disproportion; unevenness; disparity; diversity; as, an inequality in size, stature, numbers, power, distances, motions, rank, property, etc.

Definition of Inequality

1. Noun. An unfair, not equal, state. ¹

2. Noun. (mathematics) A statement that of two quantities one is specifically less than (or greater than) another. Symbol: < or ? or > or ?, as appropriate. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Inequality

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Medical Definition of Inequality

1. Origin: L. Inaequalitas. 1. The quality of being unequal; difference, or want of equality, in any respect; lack of uniformity; disproportion; unevenness; disparity; diversity; as, an inequality in size, stature, numbers, power, distances, motions, rank, property, etc. "There is so great an inequality in the length of our legs and arms as makes it impossible for us to walk on all four." (Ray) "Notwithstanding which inequality of number, it was resolved in a council of war to fight the Dutch fleet." (Ludlow) "Sympathy is rarely strong where there is a great inequality of condition." (Macaulay) 2. Unevenness; want of levelness; the alternate rising and falling of a surface; as, the inequalities of the surface of the earth, or of a marble slab, etc. "The country is cut into so many hills and inequalities as renders it defensible." (Addison) 3. Variableness; changeableness; inconstancy; lack of smoothness or equability; deviation; unsteadiness, as of the weather, feelings, etc. "Inequality of air is ever an enemy to health." (Bacon) 4. Disproportion to any office or purpose; inadequacy; competency; as, the inequality of terrestrial things to the wants of a rational soul. 5. An expression consisting of two unequal quantities, with the sign of inequality ( An irregularity, or a deviation, in the motion of a planet or satellite from its uniform mean motion; the amount of such deviation. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Inequality

inepter
ineptest
ineptitude
ineptitudes
ineptly
ineptness
ineptnesses
ineptocracies
ineptocracy
inequable
inequal
inequalitarian
inequalitarianism
inequalitarians
inequalities
inequality (current term)
inequally
inequation
inequations
inequidistant
inequilateral
inequilobate
inequitable
inequitably
inequities
inequity
inequivalence
inequivalent
inequivalve
inequivalved

Literary usage of Inequality

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Harvard Classics by Charles William Eliot (1910)
"I conceive two species of inequality among men; one which I call natural, or physical inequality, because it is established by nature, and consists in the ..."

2. Principles of Economics by Frank William Taussig (1921)
"The fact of inequality: distribution has a roughly pyramidal form. ... The causes of inequality: differences in inborn gifts; the maintenance of acquired ..."

3. French and English Philosophers: Descartes, Rousseau, Voltaire, Hobbes: With by René Descartes, Voltaire, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Thomas Hobbes (1910)
"I conceive two species of inequality among men; one which I call natural, or physical inequality, because it is established by nature, and consists in the ..."

4. French and English Philosophers: Descartes, Rousseau, Voltaire, Hobbes by René Descartes, Voltaire, Jean Jacques Rousseau, Thomas Hobbes (1910)
"This species of inequality consists in the different privileges, which some men enjoy, ... It were absurd to ask, what is the cause of natural inequality, ..."

5. Algebra: An Elementary Text-book for the Higher Classes of Secondary Schools by George Chrystal (1893)
"It thus appears that ire may transfer a term from one side of an inequality to another, provided we change its sign ; and we may change the signs of all the ..."

6. The Police Power, Public Policy and Constitutional Rights by Ernst Freund (1904)
"The recognition of a natural inequality has become a problem of great political ... The inequality of classes which formerly controlled their political ..."

7. The Police Power, Public Policy and Constitutional Rights by Ernst Freund (1904)
"Social and natural inequality.—A number of state constitutions, following the ... The recognition of a natural inequality has become a problem of great ..."

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