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1unequal

adjective un·equal \ˌən-ˈē-kwəl\

: not the same in a way that is unfair : giving more advantages, power, etc., to some people and less to other people for unfair reasons

: different in number, degree, quality, size, etc.

: not able to do what is needed

Full Definition of UNEQUAL

1
a :  not of the same measurement, quantity, or number as another
b :  not like or not the same as another in degree, worth, or status
2
:  not uniform :  variable, uneven
3
a :  badly balanced or matched <an unequal contest>
b :  contracted between unequals <unequal marriages>
c archaic :  not equable
4
archaic :  not equitable :  unjust
5
:  inadequate, insufficient <unequal to the task>
un·equal·ly \-kwə-lē\ adverb

Examples of UNEQUAL

  1. unequal academic standards for male and female students
  2. unequal justice based on race

First Known Use of UNEQUAL

1565

Rhymes with UNEQUAL

2unequal

noun

Definition of UNEQUAL

:  one that is not equal to another

First Known Use of UNEQUAL

1600

3unequal

adverb

Definition of UNEQUAL

archaic
:  in an unequal manner <unequal match'd — Shakespeare>

First Known Use of UNEQUAL

1602

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