1. Not equal; not matched; not of the same size, length, breadth, quantity, strength, talents, acquirements, age, station, or the like; as, the fingers are of unequal length; peers and commoners are unequal in rank.

2. Ill balanced or matched; disproportioned; hence, not equitable; partial; unjust; unfair. "Against unequal arms to fight in pain." (Milton) "Jerome, a very unequal relator of the opinion of his adversaries." (John Worthington) "To punish me for what you make me do Seems much unequal." (Shak)

3. Not uniform; not equable; irregular; uneven; as, unequal pulsations; an unequal poem.

4. Not adequate or sufficient; inferior; as, the man was unequal to the emergency; the timber was unequal to the sudden strain.

5. <botany> Not having the two sides or the parts symmetrical.

Origin: Cf. Inequal.

(01 Mar 1998)