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unequal

Learn how to use the Boolean inequality (!=) operator and unequal() function in Notion formulas.
The inequality (!=) operator returns true if its operands are not equal. It accepts operands of all data types - strings, numbers, Booleans, and dates.
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string != string
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number != number
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Boolean != Boolean
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date != date
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unequal(string, string)
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unequal(number, number)
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unequal(Boolean, Boolean)
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unequal(date, date)
Good to know: Notion does not allow for comparisons between different data types. You must convert all data to a common type before making a comparison (e.g. by using format() to create a string value).
You can also use the function version, unequal().

Example Formulas

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1 != 2 // Output: True
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1 != 1 // Output: False
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unequal("Cat","Dog") // Output: True
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"1" != 2 // Type mismatch error
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2^3 != 10 // Output: True
Good to know: The inequality (!=) operator cannot be chained in a Notion formula. A formula like 1 != 2 != 3 won't work. Use the and operator to get around this - e.g. 1 != 2 and 2 != 3.

Example Database

The example database below contains a Cat Status property that will inform you on whether or not your lawyer is a cat.

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“Cat Status” Property Formula

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(prop("Type") != "Cat") ? "Your lawyer is not a cat." : "Your lawyer is a cat."
If you understand this well, you may want to check out the more complex example on the equality (==) operator's page.

Other formula components used in this example:

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