**In`e*qual"i*ty** (?), n.; pl. Inequalities (#). [L. *inaequalitas*.]

**1.**

The quality of being unequal; difference, or want of equality, in any respect; lack of uniformity; disproportion; unevenness; disparity; diversity; as, an **inequality** in size, stature, numbers, power, distances, motions, rank, property, etc.

There is so great an **inequality** in the length of our legs and arms as makes it impossible for us to walk on all four.
*Ray.*

Notwithstanding which **inequality** of number, it was resolved in a council of war to fight the Dutch fleet.
*Ludlow.*

Sympathy is rarely strong where there is a great **inequality** of condition.
*Macaulay.*

**2.**

Unevenness; want of levelness; the alternate rising and falling of a surface; as, the **inequalities** of the surface of the earth, or of a marble slab, etc.

The country is cut into so many hills and **inequalities** as renders it defensible.
*Addison.*

**3.**

Variableness; changeableness; inconstancy; lack of smoothness or equability; deviation; unsteadiness, as of the weather, feelings, etc.

**Inequality** of air is ever an enemy to health.
*Bacon.*

**4.**

Disproportion to any office or purpose; inadequacy; competency; as, the **inequality** of terrestrial things to the wants of a rational soul.

*South.*

**5.** Alg.

An expression consisting of two unequal quantities, with the sign of inequality (> or <) between them; as, the **inequality** 2 < 3, or 4 > 1.

**6.** Astron.

An irregularity, or a deviation, in the motion of a planet or satellite from its uniform mean motion; the amount of such deviation.

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