noun Etymology: Middle English inequalite, from Latin inaequalitat-, inaequalitas, from inaequalis unequal, from in- + aequalis equal Date: 15th century 1. the quality of being unequal or uneven: as a. lack of evenness b. social disparity c. disparity of distribution or opportunity d. the condition of being variable ; changeableness 2. an instance of being unequal 3. a formal statement of inequality between two quantities usually separated by a sign of inequality (as <, >, or ≠ signifying respectively is less than, is greater than, or is not equal to)

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