(?), n.;
pl. Inequalities (#).
[L. inaequalitas.]
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1. The quality of being unequal; difference, or lack 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.
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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.
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Notwithstanding which inequality of number, it was resolved in a council of war to fight the Dutch fleet.
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Sympathy is rarely strong where there is a great inequality of condition.
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2. Unevenness; lack 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.
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The country is cut into so many hills and inequalities as renders it defensible.
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3. Variableness; changeableness; inconstancy; lack of smoothness or equability; deviation; unsteadiness, as of the weather, feelings, etc.
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Inequality of air is ever an enemy to health.
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4. Disproportion to any office or purpose; inadequacy; competency; as, the inequality of terrestrial things to the wants of a rational soul. South.
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5. (Alg.) An expression consisting of two unequal quantities, with the sign of inequality ( or ) between them; as, the inequality 2 3, or 4 1.
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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.
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