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.
- 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
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How to use unequal in a sentence
Furthermore, there are concerns about unequal access to such wilderness courses, as college-age students of color often have fewer opportunities or the financial resources to shell out for trips that can cost thousands of dollars.
When my daughter was young, I experienced the same structural and cultural challenges faced by far too many working moms—which force us to compete on an unequal playing field.Valerie Jarrett: We need a President who understands the challenges of working women | jakemeth | November 2, 2020 | Fortune
If a single parent with limited income is not able to do that, it’s again creating this unequal divide between the haves and have-nots and it’s just not right.Sports Could Be the Latest Inequity Front for Kids as More Teams Travel to Arizona | Ashly McGlone | October 21, 2020 | Voice of San Diego
Through his childhood, those kinds of attitudes and that kind of language resulted in separate and unequal schools.Elijah Cummings has a message for voters ‘from beyond the grave’ | Nicole Goodkind | October 21, 2020 | Fortune
The global impacts of climate change are inherently unequal.
Congress cannot treat unequally those whom a state has chosen to treat equally.Pennsylvania. Oregon. Is Gay Marriage Unstoppable? | Jay Michaelson | May 20, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Suppose one believes, as many JVP-ers do, that it is morally wrong to establish a state wherein citizens are treated unequally.
It is clearly undemocratic—treating financial institutions and their creditors unequally.
He had a red, jolly face, divided unequally by a great black moustache, and his manner was hearty.The Joyous Adventures of Aristide Pujol | William J. Locke
The whole Court was divided between the competitors, but divided very unequally.The History of England from the Accession of James II. | Thomas Babington Macaulay
My two natures had memory in common, but all other faculties were most unequally shared between them.The Pocket R.L.S. | Robert Louis Stevenson
It is remarkable how unequally these baneful visitations affect the different races of the inhabitants.
"Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers," is a command which may not be lightly broken.Choice Readings for the Home Circle | Anonymous
British Dictionary definitions for unequal
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
- unequally, adverb
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