from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The condition or fact of being unequal, as in age, rank, or degree; difference: "narrow the economic disparities among regions and industries” ( Courtenay Slater).
- n. Unlikeness; incongruity.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. the state of being unequal; difference
- n. incongruity
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Inequality; difference in age, rank, condition, or excellence; dissimilitude; -- followed by between, in, of, as to, etc.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The state or character of being disparate.
- n. Dissimilitude; extreme unlikeness; specifically, a degree of unlikeness so great that it renders comparison impossible.
- n. One of two or more unlike things; a disparate.
- n. Synonyms Dissimilarity, etc. (see difference), disproportion.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. inequality or difference in some respect
French disparité, from Old French desparite, from Late Latin disparitās : Latin dis-, dis- + Late Latin paritās, equality; see parity1.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle French disparité. (Wiktionary)