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Definition of unequal adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[usually before noun] in which people are treated in different ways or have different advantages in a way that seems unfair synonym unfair an unequal distribution of wealth an unequal contest
  2. 2unequal (in something) different in size, amount, etc. The sleeves are unequal in length. The rooms upstairs are of unequal size.
  3. 3unequal to something (formal) not capable of doing something She felt unequal to the task she had set herself. opposite equal
adverb The budget was unequally distributed between the departments.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: unequal