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adjective unequal pronunciation in American English /ʌnˈikwəl/

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  1. 1
    not giving the same treatment or opportunities to everyone, and therefore unfair

    Women claimed they were given unequal treatment.

    There is little doubt that access to education in this country is highly unequal.

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  2. 2
    not the same in amount, number, or size

    unequal payments

  3. 3
    involving one person, team, army, etc. that is much stronger than the other

    an unequal struggle

  4. 4
    not good enough or not skillful enough to do something
    unequal to:

    It became clear that he was unequal to the demands of the job.

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