When there's an inequality, something is out of balance and things are not equal. An inequality occurs in math when the two quantities are not the same measure or amount.

In society, an inequality occurs when rights and privileges are not applied fairly. The civil rights movement in the 1950s and 60s, for example, arose because of inequalities between the races. Blacks in the South could not sit in the front of the bus, drink from the same water fountains as whites, or even attend the same schools. People protested this inequality in many ways, including bus strikes, sit-ins, and marches.

Definitions of inequality
  1. noun
    lack of equality
    “the growing inequality between rich and poor”
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    the quality of being the same in quantity or measure or value or status
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    not interchangeable
    inequality or difference in some respect
    the quality of being unbalanced
    far cry
    a disappointing disparity
    gap, spread
    a conspicuous disparity or difference as between two figures
    disconnect, disconnection, gulf
    an unbridgeable disparity (as from a failure of understanding)
    lack of proportion; imbalance among the parts of something
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    the quality of being unlike or dissimilar
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