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From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
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inequalityin‧e‧qual‧i‧ty /ˌɪnɪˈkwɒləti $ -ˈkwɑː-/ ●●○ noun (plural inequalities) [countable, uncountable]  SSUNFAIRan unfair situation, in which some groups in society have more money, opportunities, power etc than others opp equalityinequality in There are inequalities in wealth distribution.inequality of inequality of opportunityinequality between inequalities between men and womensocial/gender/racial etc inequality a policy that aims to redress racial inequalitiesCOLLOCATIONSadjectivesgreat inequalityGreat inequality exists between the rich and the poor.social inequalityEducation can play a large part in reducing social inequality.racial inequalityThe party has promised to fight racial inequality.economic inequalityThere has been an increase in economic inequality between nations.gender inequalityGender inequality starts at home and in school.class inequality (=inequality between social classes)Class inequality is firmly embedded in our society.growing/increasing inequalityIncome trends are shifting form increasing equality to increasing inequality.verbscreate/cause/result in inequalityCertain economic systems inevitably result in inequality.increase inequalitySome of the government's policies have actually increased inequalities between men and women.reduce inequalityTaxes can be used to reduce inequality.
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inequalityAnd inequality of income is one reason inflation is nonexistent.The report looks at inequality in education.It can therefore be argued that biological differences become biological inequalities only to the extent that they are defined as such.An equal opportunity policy, reducing a, would, for given earnings inequality, reduce the inequality of consumption.signs of economic inequalityTheir conclusions, however, were broadly similar: great inequality and great poverty were inevitable in the absence of great reform.The statistics show the growing inequality of income in America.The study shows that large inequalities still exist between men and women.In spite of these considerations, Weber certainly did regard capitalism as a class society - economic relations form the basis of inequality.There are still a lot of inequalities in society.While the policies in a socialist state attempt to reduce inequalities significantly, they do not aim for total economic equality.Social inequality is likely to increase in the 21st century.Social inequality tended to increase rather than lessen in the 1980s.Most of the complaints centered on the inequality of the justice system.The inequality in life chances has therefore intentionally been reinforced in old age.Some economists attribute much of the rising wage inequality in this country to the shift in favor of the most skilled workers.social/gender/racial etc inequalityEconomic and social inequalities are viewed as positive and constructive forces.Generally, social inequalities are presumed to be justified, often in terms of tradition.They argue that Marx's class analysis is too simplistic to account adequately for the complexity of social inequality.Yet finding out what happens in higher education is of utmost importance in understanding the patterns of gender inequality that exist.Thus the power of the Church was used to legitimate the system of social inequality.Whatever changes may be occurring in their work as marketers, this gender inequality persists.The chapter began by posing the possibility of an egalitarian society, a society without social inequality.
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