from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The condition of being unequal.
- n. An instance of being unequal.
- n. Lack of equality, as of opportunity, treatment, or status.
- n. Social or economic disparity: the growing inequality between rich and poor.
- n. Lack of smoothness or regularity; unevenness.
- n. Variability; changeability.
- n. Mathematics An algebraic relation showing that a quantity is greater than or less than another quantity.
- n. Astronomy A deviation from uniformity in the motion of a celestial body.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An unfair, not equal, state.
- n. A statement that of two quantities one is specifically less than (or greater than) another. Symbol: < or ≤ or > or ≥, as appropriate.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The quality of being unequal; difference, or lack of equality, in any respect; lack of uniformity; disproportion; unevenness; disparity; diversity
- n. Unevenness; lack of levelness; the alternate rising and falling of a surface
- n. Variableness; changeableness; inconstancy; lack of smoothness or equability; deviation; unsteadiness, as of the weather, feelings, etc.
- n. Disproportion to any office or purpose; inadequacy; competency.
- n. An expression consisting of two unequal quantities, with the sign of inequality (> or <) between them.
- n. An irregularity, or a deviation, in the motion of a planet or satellite from its uniform mean motion; the amount of such deviation.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Lack of equality in character or attributes; unlikeness between things of the same kind; diversity; disparity: as, inequality in size, numbers, etc.; the inequality of the fingers.
- n. Lack of equality in the state or condition of a person or thing; want of uniformity of relation, level, surface, etc.; variation or variable ness; unevenness: as, inequalities of temper; inequalities of rank or fortune; inequalities of the earth's surface.
- n. Injustice; partiality.
- n. In astronomy, the deviation in the motion of a planet or satellite from its uniform mean mo tion.
- n. In algebra, an expression of two unequal quantities connected by either of the signs of inequality ⟩ or ⟨; thus, a ⟩ b, signifying that a is greater than b, and a ⟨ b, signifying that a is less than b, are inequalities.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. lack of equality
From Old French inequalité, from Medieval Latin inaequalitas, from inaequalis ("unequal"), from in- ("not") + aequalis ("equal"). (Wiktionary)