Mismatch vs Inequality - What's the difference?

mismatch | inequality |

As nouns the difference between mismatch and inequality

is that mismatch is something that does not match; something dissimilar, inappropriate or unsuitable while inequality is an unfair, not equal, state.

As a verb mismatch

is to match unsuitably; to fail to match.



Etymology 1


  • To match unsuitably; to fail to match
  • Etymology 2


  • Something that does not match; something dissimilar, inappropriate or unsuitable.
  • *{{quote-news
  • , year=2012 , date=September 7 , author=Dominic Fifield , title=England start World Cup campaign with five-goal romp against Moldova , work=The Guardian citation , page= , passage=After all the trepidation born of Holland's toils home and away against these opponents in qualification for Euro 2012, and the pockmarked nature of the pitch, this was exposed as a mismatch from the opening exchanges. }}


    Alternative forms

    * (qualifier)


  • An unfair, not equal, state.
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2013-05-17
  • , author=George Monbiot, authorlink=George Monbiot , title=Money just makes the rich suffer , volume=188, issue=23, page=19 , magazine=(The Guardian Weekly) citation , passage=In order to grant the rich these pleasures, the social contract is reconfigured. […]  The public realm is privatised, the regulations restraining the ultra–wealthy and the companies they control are abandoned, and Edwardian levels of inequality are almost fetishised.}}
    The inequality in living standards led to a civil war as the have nots rebelled.
  • (mathematics) A statement that of two quantities one is specifically less than (or greater than) another. Symbol: < or ? or > or ? or ?, as appropriate.
  • The inequality''' x is less than y, together with that y x


    * (statement in mathematics) inequation

    See also



    * Cauchy-Schwarz inequality * triangle inequality