Meaning of inequality

in•e•qual•i•ty

Pronunciation: (in"i-kwol'i-tē), [key]
— pl. -ties.
  1. the condition of being unequal; lack of equality; disparity: inequality of size.
  2. social disparity: inequality between the rich and the poor.
  3. disparity or relative inadequacy in natural endowments: a startling inequality of intellect, talents, and physical stamina.
  4. injustice; partiality.
  5. unevenness, as of surface.
  6. an instance of unevenness.
  7. variableness, as of climate.
    1. any component part of the departure from uniformity in astronomical phenomena, esp. in orbital motion.
    2. the amount of such a departure.
  8. a statement that two quantities are unequal, indicated by the symbol &nE;; alternatively, by the symbol &desc; , signifying that the quantity preceding the symbol is less than that following, or by the symbol &whence;, signifying that the quantity preceding the symbol is greater than that following.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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