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nounplural noun disparities

  • A difference in level or treatment, especially one that is seen as unfair.

    ‘economic disparities between different regions of the country’
    • ‘income-based health care disparities’
    • ‘the arrangements could lead to disparity of treatment between companies’
    • ‘The disparity in fees between different schools can be overwhelming.’
    • ‘His shots do help demonstrate the disparity between different films.’
    • ‘Income and standards of living disparities in different regions of the country have become a growing problem.’
    • ‘Others remain unanswered and court practice in different regions of the country shows stark disparities.’
    • ‘In part this different history may have to do with the disparities between the first and second waves of feminism.’
    • ‘The ease with which we now travel over land has led to a great disparity between prehistoric and modern perceptions of islands.’
    • ‘Regional disparities further accentuated ancient distinctions, especially between the north and the south.’
    • ‘Prevailing economic theory suggests that such information disparities can lead to market failure.’
    • ‘They may blame the diverse students or even parents for these disparities and variations.’
    • ‘In any case, the wide disparity of incomes and egos leads to a certain instability.’
    • ‘I estimate that the comparable disparities in Australia are less marked but still not inconsiderable.’
    • ‘It has led to declining standards of living and widening income disparities.’
    • ‘In the past, critics have pointed to disparities in testing as being the cause of any differences found.’
    • ‘He believes that the growing disparity between the rich and poor of the world is a disaster.’
    • ‘Mr Causley said he was sympathetic and well aware of the disparity in pay.’
    • ‘And we have a wide disparity between the simply poor and the poorest of the poor.’
    • ‘And of course, the last explanation for the disparity, is the one that you point out.’
    • ‘His appeal may lie in the disparity between the image projected in his interviews and the image perpetuated in his records.’
    • ‘Waterhouse explained his justification for the disparity between program fees.’
    • ‘There seems little doubt that there remains a disparity between women's pay and that of their male counterparts.’
    discrepancy, inconsistency, imbalance, inequality, incongruity, unevenness, disproportion
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/dəˈsperədē/ /dəˈspɛrədi/


Mid 16th century from French disparité, from late Latin disparitas, based on Latin paritas ‘parity’.