It is not about object being less than something and greater than something at the same time, but rather about property of object, the "ability" of object to be lesser or greater.

Context: I'm programmer and I need to give a name for data structure field. Value of this parameter can be either "less than" or "greater than".

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    Try inequality
    – Jim
    Commented Apr 2, 2020 at 17:37
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    Does this answer your question? Hypernym for comparisons (less than / greater than)
    – Laurel
    Commented Apr 2, 2020 at 17:42
  • @Jim I was so desperate and was about to name it less_or_greater... inequality seems to be a good choice. My friendo also suggested superiority, but it doesn't "sound" right.
    – aiven
    Commented Apr 2, 2020 at 17:45
  • @Laurel TIL Hypernym, now I know now to google stuff like this. And yeah, relation might work as well, tnx
    – aiven
    Commented Apr 2, 2020 at 17:47
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    Just out of interest can the two values ever be equal or are they always different?
    – BoldBen
    Commented Apr 2, 2020 at 18:23

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This property is of great importance in mathematics and it is called comparability (ref.). It is nevertheless a term widely applicable (OALD).

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