- not equal; not of the same quantity, quality, value, rank, ability, etc.: People are unequal in their capacities.
- not adequate, as in amount, power, ability, etc. (usually followed by to): strength unequal to the task.
- not evenly proportioned or balanced; not having the parts alike or symmetrical: an unequal leaf.
- uneven or variable in character, quality, etc.
- Obsolete. inequitable; unfair; unjust.
- unequals, persons or things not equal to each other: a contest between obvious unequals.
Origin of unequal
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Examples from the Web for unequally
Marriage has ever been a one-sided matter, resting most unequally upon the sexes.Susan B. Anthony
Our perceptions, æsthetic and gastronomic, were unequally developed.The Foot-path Way
His lips were bloodless as he stared at the unequally matched pair.Joshua, Complete
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.Glimpses into the Abyss
- not equal in quantity, size, rank, value, etc
- (foll by to) inadequate; insufficient
- not evenly balanced
- (of character, quality, etc) irregular; varying; inconsistent
- (of a contest, etc) having competitors of different ability
- obsolete unjust
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Word Origin and History for unequally
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