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Concept

Inequality

An inequality, like an equation, is a mathematical statement that compares two quantities. An inequality contains the symbols or There are several ways each inequality can be phrased.
Inequality Symbol Key Phrases

With an inequality, it is possible to compare any combination of two numbers, variables, numeric expressions, or algebraic expressions.

Symbol Example Meaning
The variable is less than
The algebraic expression is less than or equal to
The expression is greater than
The variable is greater than or equal to the expression

As shown in the table, some inequalities indicate that the two quantities are not necessarily equal, whereas others indicate that they are strictly never equal.