› not divided or given in the same amounts to all the people or organizations in a group, so that some people or organizations have more money, resources, etc. than others: Pension provision is becoming increasingly unequal, with around a third of the workforce facing inadequate pensions. The government faces renewed pressure to tackle unequal pay.an unequal distribution of wealth/power/land Experts say the country has one of the most unequal distributions of wealth in the developing world.
› unfair in a way that is harmful or dishonest: A new study by the Law Society indicated that unequal treatment for women solicitors was still continuing. According to a recent survey, Britain is the most unequal society in western Europe.
› used to describe a situation in which a person or organization cannot succeed, for example, because the competition is too strong: an unequal contest/struggle/battle Food prices are increasingly dictated by the large supermarkets, and many farmers are giving up the unequal struggle and leaving the land.
be unequal to sth › to not have the skills, money, or resources that are necessary to do or achieve something: Ultimately, the management team was unequal to the task of paying off the mountain of debt it had taken on.