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unequal

[uhn-ee-kwuh l] /ʌnˈi kwəl/
adjective
1.
not equal; not of the same quantity, quality, value, rank, ability, etc.:
People are unequal in their capacities.
2.
not adequate, as in amount, power, ability, etc. (usually followed by to):
strength unequal to the task.
3.
not evenly proportioned or balanced; not having the parts alike or symmetrical:
an unequal leaf.
4.
uneven or variable in character, quality, etc.
5.
Obsolete. inequitable; unfair; unjust.
noun
6.
unequals, persons or things not equal to each other:
a contest between obvious unequals.
Origin of unequal
1525-1535
First recorded in 1525-35; un-1 + equal
Related forms
unequally, adverb
unequalness, noun
subunequal, adjective
subunequally, adverb
subunequalness, noun
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Examples from the Web for unequally
Historical Examples
  • Marriage has ever been a one-sided matter, resting most unequally upon the sexes.

    Susan B. Anthony Alma Lutz
  • Our perceptions, æsthetic and gastronomic, were unequally developed.

    The Foot-path Way Bradford Torrey
  • His lips were bloodless as he stared at the unequally matched pair.

    Joshua, Complete Georg Ebers
  • The benefits are unequally distributed, but nearly all share in them to some degree.

    The Principles of Economics Frank A. Fetter
  • It is unequally and often unjustly or defectively administered.

  • The words are, "Be not unequally yoked together with unbelievers."

    The Lord's Coming C. H. (Charles Henry) Mackintosh
  • Strange Providence that metes so unequally to one and to another.

    At His Gates, Vol. 1(of 3) Margaret Oliphant
  • There can be no doubt that the antagonists were unequally matched.

    Locke

    Thomas Fowler
  • The two species have spread towards the West, but unequally.

    Origin of Cultivated Plants Alphonse De Candolle
  • The workmen were of unequal capacity and were unequally paid.

    The English in the West Indies James Anthony Froude
British Dictionary definitions for unequally

unequal

/ʌnˈiːkwəl/
adjective
1.
not equal in quantity, size, rank, value, etc
2.
(foll by to) inadequate; insufficient
3.
not evenly balanced
4.
(of character, quality, etc) irregular; varying; inconsistent
5.
(of a contest, etc) having competitors of different ability
6.
(obsolete) unjust
Derived Forms
unequally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for unequally

unequal

adj.

1530s, "unjust, unfair," from un- (1) "not" + equal (adj.). Meaning "not the same in amount, size, quality, etc." is recorded from 1560s (inequal in this sense is from late 14c.). Sense of "inadequate, insufficient" (to some task) is attested from 1690s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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