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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
1525-1535
1525-35; un-1 + equal
Related forms
unequally, adverb
unequalness, noun
subunequal, adjective
subunequally, adverb
subunequalness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for subunequal

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 subunequal

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.

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