inequality

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n inequality lack of equality "the growing inequality between rich and poor"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Inequality (Alg) An expression consisting of two unequal quantities, with the sign of inequality (> or <) between them; as, the inequality 2 < 3, or 4 > 1.
    • Inequality (Astron) An irregularity, or a deviation, in the motion of a planet or satellite from its uniform mean motion; the amount of such deviation.
    • Inequality Disproportion to any office or purpose; inadequacy; competency; as, the inequality of terrestrial things to the wants of a rational soul.
    • Inequality The quality of being unequal; difference, or lack 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.""Notwithstanding which inequality of number, it was resolved in a council of war to fight the Dutch fleet.""Sympathy is rarely strong where there is a great inequality of condition."
    • Inequality Unevenness; lack 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."
    • Inequality 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."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n inequality Lack of equality in character or attributes; unlikeness between things of the same kind; diversity; disparity: as, inequality in size, numbers, etc.; the inequality of the fingers.
    • n inequality Lack of equality in the state or condition of a person or thing; want of uniformity of relation, level, surface, etc.; variation or variable ness; unevenness: as, inequalities of temper; inequalities of rank or fortune; inequalities of the earth's surface.
    • n inequality Injustice; partiality.
    • n inequality In astronomy, the deviation in the motion of a planet or satellite from its uniform mean mo tion.
    • n inequality In algebra, an expression of two unequal quantities connected by either of the signs of inequality ⟩ or ⟨; thus, a ⟩ b, signifying that a is greater than b, and a ⟨ b, signifying that a is less than b, are inequalities.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Inequality in-e-kwol′i-ti want of equality: difference: inadequacy: incompetency: unevenness: dissimilarity.
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Quotations

  • Aristotle
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    “The worst form of inequality is to try to make unequal things equal.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
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    “Some will always be above others. Destroy the inequality today, and it will appear again tomorrow.”
  • Martin Luther
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    “An earthly kingdom cannot exist without inequality of persons. Some must be free, some serfs, some rulers, some subjects.”
  • Dorothy Thompson
    Dorothy Thompson
    “Can one preach at home inequality of races and nations and advocate abroad good-will towards all men?”
  • Elizabeth Wilson
    Elizabeth Wilson
    “Postmodernism refuses to privilege any one perspective, and recognizes only difference, never inequality, only fragments, never conflict.”
  • Francis Picabia
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    “Nature is unfair? So much the better, inequality is the only bearable thing, the monotony of equality can only lead us to boredom.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. inaequalitas,

Usage

In literature:

This is an inequality that ought no longer to exist.
"A Compilation of the Messages and Papers of the Presidents" by James D. Richardson
Inequalities of this character have already occurred, but it is believed that none have happened where the inequality was so great.
"A Compilation of the Messages and Papers of the Presidents" by James D. Richardson
The equal division of clothing or supplies among a lot of Indians throws helpful light on the causes of inequality.
"A Backward Glance at Eighty" by Charles A. Murdock
But turning from worldly advantages to those which are called natural, and the inequality here is at once as great as elsewhere.
"The Christian Life" by Thomas Arnold
The refuse of the forests, the dusty roads, and the inequalities of the ground are all buried deep.
"The Lake of the Sky" by George Wharton James
Such an inequality might well make the stoutest heart quail.
"In the Days of Chivalry" by Evelyn Everett-Green
Similar inequalities may result in an aristocratic regime.
"A Librarian's Open Shelf" by Arthur E. Bostwick
This is natural in the inequalities of life.
"Searchlights on Health" by B. G. Jefferis and J. L. Nichols
What do the inequalities permitted by the laws of inheritance prove?
"Library Of The World's Best Literature, Ancient And Modern, Vol. 5" by Various
Members, all, of a privileged social order, their equality as such was more clearly recognized than their inequality as junior and senior.
"The Influence of Sea Power Upon History, 1660-1783" by A. T. Mahan
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In news:

Angela Merkel Says No to Repairing Inequality.
History has taught us that inequality can be a convincing justification for anarchy.
Fighting Inequality Without Class Warfare .
Philip Cohen Philip N Cohen is a professor of sociology at the University of Maryland, College Park, where his research concerns inequality and families.
He is at work on a family sociology textbook, and he writes the Family Inequality blog.
Solutions needed to combat inequality in Boston schools.
Timothy Noah and Charles Murray offer starkly different explanations of growing economic and social inequality in the United States.
How fighting income inequality became Obama's driving force .
But he also sees it as a potential tool for launching economic projects that would help ease inequality in the country.
Gwen Ifill talks to Pew Research Center's Paul Taylor about a recently released study on the connections between income inequality and neighborhood segregation.
Education experts have long argued that a basic inequity in American schooling is that students in poor neighborhoods are frequently taught by low-paid rookie teachers who move on as they gain experience and rise up the salary scale.
The former education secretary and host of the syndicated radio show Morning in America shares his inspiration for writing the text The Book of Man and assesses the growth in education inequality and the "Race to the Top" program.
The growth of inequality in Americans' income and wealth was scarcely addressed by Democrats in their 2012 election campaigns.
Another side of inequality .
Income Inequality Continues to Grow in New Mexico, the Nation's Poorest State.
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In science:

Given the valid inequality b · p ≥ b0 , the set F = {p ∈ B | b · p = b0} is called a face of B and the inequality is said to support F .
Lifting Bell inequalities
In particular, any valid inequality for B can be derived from the facet inequalities.
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The result holds in the other direction as well, since any facet inequality of the form (16) is the lifting of an n-partite inequality.
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Indeed, we have noted at the end of section III B that such inequalities cannot be stronger than inequalities of the form (16).
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Following the procedure to lift an inequality to more outcomes delineated in the previous subsection, this inequality can be lifted from eBm+1 to Bm+1 .
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