unequal


unequal
unequal UK US /ʌnˈiːkwəl/ adjective
not divided or given in the same amounts to all the people or organizations in a group, so that some people or organizations have more money, resources, etc. than others: »

Pension provision is becoming increasingly unequal, with around a third of the workforce facing inadequate pensions.

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The government faces renewed pressure to tackle unequal pay.

an unequal distribution of wealth/power/land »

Experts say the country has one of the most unequal distributions of wealth in the developing world.

unfair in a way that is harmful or dishonest: »

A new study by the Law Society indicated that unequal treatment for women solicitors was still continuing.

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According to a recent survey, Britain is the most unequal society in western Europe.

used to describe a situation in which a person or organization cannot succeed, for example, because the competition is too strong: an unequal contest/struggle/battle »

Food prices are increasingly dictated by the large supermarkets, and many farmers are giving up the unequal struggle and leaving the land.

be unequal to sth — Cf. be unequal to sth

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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  • Unequal — Un*e qual, a. [Cf. {Inequal}.] 1. Not equal; not matched; not of the same size, length, breadth, quantity, strength, talents, acquirements, age, station, or the like; as, the fingers are of unequal length; peers and commoners are unequal in rank …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • unequal — [un ē′kwəl] adj. 1. not equal, as in size, strength, ability, value, rank, number, amount, etc. 2. a) not balanced or symmetrical [an unequal pattern] b) that matches unequal contestants [an unequal battle] 3. not even, regular, or uniform;… …   English World dictionary

  • unequal — In its meaning ‘inadequate in ability or resources’, unequal is used with to followed by a noun or verbal noun (They were unequal to the task / They were unequal to completing the task) …   Modern English usage

  • unequal — I (unequivalent) adjective different, differing, dispar, disparate, disproportionate, dissimilar, impar, inaequalis, irregular, unbalanced, uneven, unlike, unmatched associated concepts: unequal bargaining powers II (unjust) …   Law dictionary

  • unequal — [adj1] different differing, disparate, dissimilar, distant, divergent, diverse, incommensurate, like night and day*, mismatched, not uniform, odd, poles apart*, unalike, unequivalent, uneven, unlike, unmatched, unsimilar, variable, various,… …   New thesaurus

  • unequal — ► ADJECTIVE 1) not equal in quantity, size, or value. 2) not fair, evenly balanced, or having equal advantage. 3) (usu. unequal to) not having the ability or resources to meet a challenge. DERIVATIVES unequally adverb …   English terms dictionary

  • unequal to — index deficient, inadept, inadequate Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • unequal — 1530s, unjust, unfair, from UN (Cf. un ) (1) not + EQUAL (Cf. equal). 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… …   Etymology dictionary

  • unequal — [[t]ʌ̱ni͟ːkwəl[/t]] 1) ADJ GRADED: usu ADJ n An unequal system or situation is unfair because it gives more power or privileges to one person or group of people than to others. This country still had a deeply oppressive, unequal and divisive… …   English dictionary

  • unequal — un|e|qual [ʌnˈi:kwəl] adj 1.) used to describe a situation or a social system which is unfair because some groups or people have more power than others →↑inequality ▪ an unequal contest ▪ the unequal distribution of wealth 2.) not equal in number …   Dictionary of contemporary English