Take the 2-minute tour ×
Mathematics Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for people studying math at any level and professionals in related fields. It's 100% free, no registration required.

Is there a term used to describe both an equation and inequality? The closest thing I can think of is "relation".

share|improve this question
I'd use "relation" too. –  J. M. Aug 20 '12 at 18:15
How about inequation? :-). –  copper.hat Aug 20 '12 at 18:21
It depends on context, but to the extent these are not tautologies, they are often constraints. –  Henry Aug 20 '12 at 18:24
For many authors "inequalities" include "equalities", just like noncommutative rings include commutative rings (here 'non' means 'not necessarily'). –  Bill Dubuque Aug 20 '12 at 18:31
Note that an equality is just two inequalities in opposite directions. –  Euler....IS_ALIVE Aug 20 '12 at 19:01

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.