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"unequal" in British English

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unequaladjective

uk   /ʌnˈiː.kwəl/  us   /ʌnˈiː.kwəl/
unequally
adverb uk   /ʌnˈiː.kwə.li/  us   /ʌnˈiː.kwə.li/
(Definition of unequal from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"unequal" in American English

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unequaladjective

 us   /ʌnˈi·kwəl/
  • unequal adjective (NOT THE SAME)

not the same: The unequal ​status of ​parent and ​child is ​recognized in ​law.
  • unequal adjective (UNFAIR)

not ​treating everyone the same; ​unfair: In 1954, the ​SupremeCourtdeclared that ​racialsegregation in the ​publicschools was unequal.
(Definition of unequal from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"unequal" in Business English

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unequaladjective

uk   us   /ʌnˈiːkwəl/
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 ​inadequatepensions. The ​government faces ​renewedpressure 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 ​developingworld.
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 ​increasinglydictated 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 ​managementteam was unequal to the ​task of ​paying off the ​mountain of ​debt it had taken on.
(Definition of unequal from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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