An example of inequality is when you have ten of something and someone else has none.
- the quality of being unequal; lack of equality
- an instance of lack of equality; specif.,
- a difference or variation in size, amount, rank, quality, social position, etc.
- an unevenness in surface; lack of levelness
- a lack of proper proportion; unequal distribution
- Math. the relation between two unequal quantities, or an expression of this relationship: Ex.: a ? b (a is not equal to b), 3a > 2b (3a is greater than 2b)
Origin of inequalityMiddle English inequalitie ; from Middle French inequalité ; from Classical Latin inaequalitas
- a. The condition of being unequal.b. An instance of being unequal.
- a. Lack of equality, as of opportunity, treatment, or status.b. Social or economic disparity: the growing inequality between rich and poor.
- Lack of smoothness or regularity; unevenness.
- Variability; changeability.
- Mathematics An algebraic relation showing that a quantity is greater than or less than another quantity.
- Astronomy A deviation from uniformity in the apparent motion of a celestial body.
- An unfair, not equal, state.
- The inequality in living standards led to a civil war as the have nots rebelled.
- (mathematics) A statement that of two quantities one is specifically less than (greater than) another. Symbol: < or ≤ or > or ≥, as appropriate.
- The inequality x is less than y, together with that y<z, allows us to deduce the inequality x<z.
From Old French inequalité, from Medieval Latin inaequalitas, from inaequalis (“unequal”), from in- (“not”) + aequalis (“equal”).