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

n lack of equality

“the growing inequality between rich and poor”
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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