[ uhn-ee-kwuhl ]
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  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.

  1. not evenly proportioned or balanced; not having the parts alike or symmetrical: an unequal leaf.

  2. uneven or variable in character, quality, etc.

  3. Obsolete. inequitable; unfair; unjust.

  1. unequals, persons or things not equal to each other: a contest between obvious unequals.

Origin of unequal

First recorded in 1525–35; un-1 + equal

Other words from unequal

  • un·e·qual·ly, adverb
  • un·e·qual·ness, noun
  • sub·un·e·qual, adjective
  • sub·un·e·qual·ly, adverb
  • sub·un·e·qual·ness, noun

Words Nearby unequal

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How to use unequal in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for unequal


/ (ʌnˈiːkwəl) /

  1. not equal in quantity, size, rank, value, etc

  2. (foll by to) inadequate; insufficient

  1. not evenly balanced

  2. (of character, quality, etc) irregular; varying; inconsistent

  3. (of a contest, etc) having competitors of different ability

  4. obsolete unjust

Derived forms of unequal

  • unequally, adverb

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