disparity UK US /dɪˈspærəti/ noun [C or U] (plural disparities) ECONOMICS
a situation in which two or more things are not equal or similar, especially when this is thought to be unfair: economic/income/pay disparity »

Manhattan had the greatest income disparity between rich and poor residents outside Puerto Rico.


growing/huge/increasing disparity


One of her priorities will be to eliminate pay disparity between men and women for equal work.


The state has been criticized nationally for large disparities in spending among school districts.

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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  • Disparity — and disparities may refer to: in healthcare: Health disparities in finance: Income disparity between females and males. Male–female income disparity in the United States Income gender gap Economic inequality Income inequality metrics… …   Wikipedia

  • Disparity — Dis*par i*ty, n.; pl. {Disparities}. [LL. disparitas, fr. L. dispar unlike, unequal; dis + par equal: cf. F. disparit[ e]. See {Par}, {Peer}.] Inequality; difference in age, rank, condition, or excellence; dissimilitude; followed by between, in,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • disparity — I noun argument, asymmetry, conflict of opinion, contradiction, contradistinction, contraposition, contrast, controversy, deviation, difference, disaccord, disagreement, discord, discordance, discrepancy, disequilibrium, disharmony, dissimilitude …   Law dictionary

  • disparity — 1550s, from M.Fr. disparité (16c.), from L.L. disparitatem (nom. disparitas) inequality, from dis not (see DIS (Cf. dis )) + paritas parity (see PARITY (Cf. parity)). Related: Disparities …   Etymology dictionary

  • disparity — [n] difference alterity, discrepancy, disproportion, dissemblance, dissimilarity, dissimilitude, distinction, divergence, divergency, diverseness, gap, imbalance, imparity, incongruity, inequality, otherness, unevenness, unlikeness, variation;… …   New thesaurus

  • disparity — ► NOUN (pl. disparities) ▪ a great difference …   English terms dictionary

  • disparity — [di spar′ə tē] n. pl. disparities [Fr disparité < ML disparitas < L dispar, unequal: see DIS & PAR1] 1. inequality or difference, as in rank, amount, quality, etc. 2. unlikeness; incongruity …   English World dictionary

  • disparity — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ considerable, enormous, great, gross, huge, vast, wide ▪ growing ▪ glaring …   Collocations dictionary

  • disparity — n. 1) a great, wide disparity 2) a disparity between, in * * * [dɪs pærɪtɪ] in wide disparity a great a disparity between …   Combinatory dictionary

  • disparity — /di spar i tee/, n., pl. disparities. lack of similarity or equality; inequality; difference: a disparity in age; disparity in rank. [1545 55; < MF desparite < LL disparitas; see DIS 1, PARITY1] Syn. See difference. * * * …   Universalium

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