inequality

noun
ADJECTIVE
great, gross, substantial

the gross social inequalities of the past

Inequalities of income would lead to even greater inequalities in access to health care.

real
growing, increased, increasing, rising
global, regional
class, economic, educational, racial, social, socio-economic, structural
gender, sex (BrE), sexual

efforts to address class and gender inequalities and to rebalance power

income, pay, wage (esp. BrE)
VERB + INEQUALITY
cause, create, lead to

The introduction of tuition fees would create inequality between universities.

maintain, perpetuate

Some believe that education perpetuates inequality.

reinforce

The law merely serves to reinforce social inequalities.

increase
reduce
remove

They can build a more harmonious society once inequality and exploitation are removed.

address, redress

The country has had some success in redressing racial inequalities.

INEQUALITY + VERB
exist

inequalities that exist in wealth and income

arise from sth, be based on sth

inequalities based on racism and social class

persist, remain

Even in the age of compulsory school, inequalities in education have remained.

increase
decline
PREPOSITION
inequality between

economic inequality between men and women

inequality in

gender inequality in education

PHRASES
inequalities of power, wealth, etc.
a pattern of inequality (esp. BrE)

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