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1[mass noun] Difference in size, degree, circumstances, etc.; lack of equality:‘social inequality’[count noun] ‘the widening inequalities in income’
imbalance, inequity, unevenness, disproportion, inconsistency, variation, variabilitydivergence, polarity, disparity, discrepancy, dissimilarity, difference, contrast, distinction, differentialbias, prejudice, discrimination, unfairness, unfair treatmentView synonyms
- ‘The free market program implemented by successive governments has widened social inequality to an unprecedented degree.’
- ‘Never for a moment did they realize that the existing structure of society is the breeding ground of inequality, hatred and cruelty.’
- ‘If you compare a violent society with a relatively peaceful one, the single biggest difference is income inequality.’
- ‘The underlying cause of growing discontent is the enormous degree of social inequality that has resulted from the introduction of capitalism in the former Soviet Union.’
- ‘The authoritarian government of the past exploited inequality among different ethnic groups, suppressing native languages and cultures.’
- ‘Perhaps most important, inequality in the distribution of income and wealth means inequality in political and social power.’
- ‘Too many hours for some, combined with too few hours for others, can further polarize income inequality, as has occurred in Canada.’
- ‘In addition, the country is fraught with numerous divisions upon which demagogues can flourish under circumstances of want and inequality.’
- ‘Under New Labour, not only has inequality of income increased, social mobility has actually decreased.’
- ‘More generally, of course, economic inequality undermines social cohesion.’
- ‘On the contrary, under conditions of growing social inequality, the population at large is seen in a generally hostile manner, as a potential threat to his wealth and privileges.’
- ‘Our results indicate that cross-country differences in income inequality alone does not explain for much of the variations in child labour worldwide.’
- ‘In other words, the widening gap between pension provision in the public and private sector will not just lead to widening social inequality, it will also become a block to Scotland's economy growth.’
- ‘However the selection is performed, there will always be a difference or inequality between professional groups.’
- ‘Democracy shows an independent positive association with health, which remains after adjustment for a country's wealth, its level of inequality, and the size of its public sector.’
- ‘Hostility to the existing political setup is being exacerbated by growing unemployment lines and widening social inequality.’
- ‘In particular we need to focus on ways of building a mutuality of respect across the boundaries of inequality and difference.’
- ‘Gender inequality shapes different experiences of poverty and impacts on women and men's ability to move out of poverty.’
- ‘She has a particular interest in exploring differing approaches to collectivism and working class resistance to social inequality.’
- ‘The Gini coefficient ranges from 0 to 1 and measures the degree of income inequality.’
- 1.1archaic Lack of smoothness or regularity in a surface:‘the inequality of the ground hindered their footing’
- 1.2Mathematics The relation between two expressions that are not equal, employing a sign such as ≠ ‘not equal to’, > ‘greater than’, or < ‘less than’.
- 1.3Mathematics [count noun] A symbolic expression of the fact that two quantities are not equal.
- ‘He studied inequalities and geometry and measure theory, particularly working in this area with Besicovitch.’
- ‘His early work was on number theory and he wrote on Diophantine inequalities and the geometry of numbers.’
- ‘In fact he is remembered for Farkas theorem which is used in linear programming and also for his work on linear inequalities.’
- ‘He also studied infinite series, the gamma function and inequalities for convex functions.’
- ‘He showed that Bell's inequalities were violated and so the quantum interpretation held rather than the classical one.’
Late Middle English: from Old French inequalite, or from Latin inaequalitas, from in- not + aequalis (see equal).
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