unequal


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 political system.

...the unequal power relationships between men and women.

...unequal pay.

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unequally ADV-GRADED ADV with v

...unequally distributed assets...

The victims were treated unequally.

2) ADJ: v-link ADJ to n If someone is unequal to a task they have to do, they do not have the abilities needed to do it well. [FORMAL]

Her critics say she has proved unequal to the task...

He felt unequal to the job and wished there were someone he could go to for advice.

3) ADJ Unequal means being different in size, strength, or amount.

The Egyptians probably measured their day in twenty-four hours of unequal length.


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