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disparitynoun [C/U]

 us   /dɪˈspær·ɪ·t̬i/
a ​lack of ​equality and ​similarity, esp. in a way that is not ​fair: [C] He will ​oppose a ​gross disparity in ​salaryincreases between ​teachers and other ​state employees.
(Definition of disparity from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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disparitynoun [C or U]

uk   us   /dɪˈspærəti/ (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 ​poorresidents outside Puerto Rico. growing/huge/​increasing disparity One of her ​priorities will be to ​eliminatepay disparity between men and women for ​equalwork. The ​state has been criticized nationally for large disparities inspending among school ​districts.
(Definition of disparity from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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