• WordNet 3.6
    • adj unequal lacking the requisite qualities or resources to meet a task "inadequate training","the staff was inadequate","she was unequal to the task"
    • adj unequal poorly balanced or matched in quantity or value or measure
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Unequal Ill balanced or matched; disproportioned; hence, not equitable; partial; unjust; unfair. "Against unequal arms to fight in pain.""Jerome, a very unequal relator of the opinion of his adversaries.""To punish me for what you make me do
      Seems much unequal ."
    • Unequal Not adequate or sufficient; inferior; as, the man was unequal to the emergency; the timber was unequal to the sudden strain.
    • Unequal 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.
    • Unequal (Bot) Not having the two sides or the parts symmetrical.
    • Unequal Not uniform; not equable; irregular; uneven; as, unequal pulsations; an unequal poem.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • unequal Not equal; not of the same size, length, breadth, quantity, quality, strength, talents, age, station, etc.
    • unequal Inadequate; insufficient; inferior: as, his strength was unequal to the task.
    • unequal Not balanced or matched; disproportioned; one-sided; hence, inequitable; unfair; unjust; partial.
    • unequal Not equable; not uniform; irregular: as, unequal pulsations.
    • unequal Not having the two sides or the parts symmetrical: thus, an unequal leaf is one in which the parenchyma is not developed symmetrically on each side of the midrib or stalk. Also called oblique.
    • unequal In entomology, composed of parts or joints of different forms: as, unequal palpi or antennæ.
    • n unequal One not equal to another in station, power, ability, age, or the like.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Unequal un-ē′kwal not equal or alike in any quality, extent, duration, &c.: insufficient: varying, not uniform
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  • Oliver Goldsmith
    “Unequal combinations are always disadvantageous to the weaker side.”
  • Winston Churchill
    “The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the inherent vice of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries.”
  • Ebenezer Elliot
    Ebenezer Elliot
    “What is a Communist? One who has yearnings for equal division of unequal earnings.”
  • Aristotle
    “The worst form of inequality is to try to make unequal things equal.”
  • William J. Durant
    “Nature has never read the Declaration of Independence. It continues to make us unequal.”
  • Viscount Samuel
    Viscount Samuel
    “Equality of opportunity is an equal opportunity to prove unequal talents.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. Inequal


In literature:

The more I know of horses, the more natural I think men and women are in the unequalness of their marriages.
"The Love Affairs of an Old Maid" by Lilian Bell
Seeing no hope for success in so unequal a conflict, Manly struck his flag.
"The Naval History of the United States" by Willis J. Abbot
It was unequal: a man who had money might buy off the servitude.
"The History of Tasmania , Volume II (of 2)" by John West
And this life is possible in social conditions the most diverse, and with natural gifts the most unequal.
"The Simple Life" by Charles Wagner
Meantime the first cowboy in his dash for safety was making a record still unequaled in mountain story.
"Laramie Holds the Range" by Frank H. Spearman
Usually, such tracts are unequal, some parts being much wetter than others, because the water settles into the low places.
"Farm drainage" by Henry Flagg French
Generally they are unequal, the first being smaller.
"A Handbook of Some South Indian Grasses" by Rai Bahadur K. Ranga Achariyar
Segments of the body unequal in size, more or less thickly clothed with clubbed hairs.
"Our Common Insects" by Alpheus Spring Packard
Health again began to fail, and we felt unequal to the work devolving on us.
"Life and Work in Benares and Kumaon, 1839-1877" by James Kennedy
Mr. President and gentlemen, you cannot make equal what God Almighty has made unequal.
"America First" by Various

In poetry:

Ye brave companions of his life,
Ye heroes of the Curieux,
Who join'd him in th' unequal strife,
Who saw him bid the world adieu—
"The Curieux" by John Mayne
Unequal, all their syren power,
To win from fate it's frown away:
When Bertram came in luckless hour
To sigh, to flatter, to betray!
"Bertram And Anna" by Thomas Gent
'He's of our race's elder branch,
His family-arms the same as ours.
Both born the twy-forked flame to launch,
Of kindred, if unequal, powers.'
"The Lesson" by James Russell Lowell
EAGLE of Austerlitz! where were thy wings
When far away upon a barbarous strand,
In fight unequal, by an obscure hand,
Fell the last scion of thy brood of Kings!
"Louis Napoleon" by Oscar Wilde
They teach her how to use her wings though weak,
And all unequal to the upward flight—
The eaglet flaps upon the mountain peak,
Then cleaves the heavens beyond our utmost sight.
"The Intellectual Telegraph" by David John Scott
No! God has more love for his children, than mere man.
To make strong drink their souls to damn;
His love is more boundless than mere man's by far,
And to say not it would be an unequal par.
"A New Temperance Poem, in Memory of My Departed Parents" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

According to the latest US Census Bureau data, women continue to receive unequal pay for the same work.
Unequal School Justice There was one bloody nose.
The United States has the most unequal income distribution of any advanced economy in the world, with the current gap between rich and poor now greater than at any time since 1929.
Unequal protection from ruin .
The relationship would seem even more unequal when the angler is dropping a grenade into the water.
Board of Education were able to show that segregated schools were inherently unequal, and therefore unconstitutional.
Separate, Unequal , and Ignored.
Rafter Framing With Unequal Wall Heights.
NFL's unequal justice under the law.
Black and White, Separate, Hostile, Unequal .
Cossitt Library Unequal Access 3-23-1960.
Tradition doesn't justify unequal treatment (+video).
Two new studies show that the Philadelphia region is one of the most separate and unequal when it comes to neighborhoods and schools for blacks, whites, Hispanics and Asians.
Public school students enter classrooms with unequal instructional calendars.
Devastating report exposes unequal treatment of BP illness claims.

In science:

That is, for an unequal number of positive and negative eigenvalues, we obtain similar symmetric spaces.
Random matrices beyond the Cartan classification
It is shown clearly above that the initial angle has been divided into 6 parts. As there were at the beginning six equal angles, one can say that, in this way, 6x6=36 unequal angles have been found.
A geometrical link between the circle and sexagesimal system
So this walk can be thought of as a ‘generalized’ Hadamard walk for unequal amplitudes p and q .
Equal Superposition Transformations and Quantum Random Walks
We have also obtained conditions under which equal and unequal superpositions would yield unbiased walks.
Equal Superposition Transformations and Quantum Random Walks
First we combine restricted 3.5PN waveforms with results from NR simulations to construct ‘hybrid’ waveforms for the quasicircular inspiral of non-spinning binaries with possibly unequal masses.
A template bank for gravitational waveforms from coalescing binary black holes: non-spinning binaries