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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Inequality  \In`e*qual"i*ty\,  n.;  pl  {Inequalities}.  [L. 
  inaequalitas.] 
  1.  The  quality  of  being  unequal;  difference,  or  want  of 
  equality,  in  any  respect;  lack  of  uniformity; 
  disproportion;  unevenness;  disparity;  diversity;  as  an 
  inequality  in  size,  stature,  numbers,  power,  distances, 
  motions,  rank,  property,  etc 
 
  There  is  so  great  an  inequality  in  the  length  of  our 
  legs  and  arms  as  makes  it  impossible  for  us  to  walk 
  on  all  four  --Ray. 
 
  Notwithstanding  which  inequality  of  number,  it  was 
  resolved  in  a  council  of  war  to  fight  the  Dutch 
  fleet.  --Ludlow. 
 
  Sympathy  is  rarely  strong  where  there  is  a  great 
  inequality  of  condition.  --Macaulay. 
 
  2.  Unevenness;  want  of  levelness;  the  alternate  rising  and 
  falling  of  a  surface;  as  the  inequalities  of  the  surface 
  of  the  earth,  or  of  a  marble  slab,  etc 
 
  The  country  is  cut  into  so  many  hills  and 
  inequalities  as  renders  it  defensible.  --Addison. 
 
  3.  Variableness;  changeableness;  inconstancy;  lack  of 
  smoothness  or  equability;  deviation;  unsteadiness,  as  of 
  the  weather,  feelings,  etc 
 
  Inequality  of  air  is  ever  an  enemy  to  health. 
  --Bacon. 
 
  4.  Disproportion  to  any  office  or  purpose;  inadequacy; 
  competency;  as  the  inequality  of  terrestrial  things  to 
  the  wants  of  a  rational  soul.  --South. 
 
  5.  (Alg.)  An  expression  consisting  of  two  unequal  quantities, 
  with  the  sign  of  inequality  (.gt.  or  .lt.)  between  them 
  as  the  inequality  2  .lt.  3,  or  4  .gt.  1. 
 
  6.  (Astron.)  An  irregularity,  or  a  deviation,  in  the  motion 
  of  a  planet  or  satellite  from  its  uniform  mean  motion;  the 
  amount  of  such  deviation. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  inequality 
  n  :  lack  of  equality:  "the  growing  inequality  between  rich  and 
  poor"  [ant:  {equality}] 




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