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[ey-suh-me-trik, as-uh-] /ˌeɪ səˈmɛ trɪk, ˌæs ə-/
not identical on both sides of a central line; unsymmetrical; lacking symmetry:
Most faces are asymmetric.
(of a logical or mathematical relation) holding true of members of a class in one order but not in the opposite order, as in the relation “being an ancestor of.”.
  1. having an unsymmetrical arrangement of atoms in a molecule.
  2. noting a carbon atom bonded to four different atoms or groups.
  3. (of a polymer) noting an atom or group that is within a polymer chain and is bonded to two different atoms or groups that are external to the chain.
Also, asymmetrical.
Origin of asymmetric
1870-75; a-6 + symmetric
Related forms
asymmetrically, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the web for asymmetric
  • There's a famous economics article about asymmetric information markets that uses used car buying as an example.
  • The charge build-up requires an asymmetric crystal structure or the presence of impurities.
  • No ruffles or asymmetric hems, and make sure heels are not too high.
  • He produced great earlier work on the economics of asymmetric information, and later on economic development and capital markets.
  • So they negate many of an insurgent's asymmetric advantages.
  • The patterns are always abstract, the designs asymmetric.
  • But by stepping in to rescue markets when they wobble, central bankers create asymmetric risk.
  • The relationship between the two levels is asymmetric.
  • Even modifying weapons systems to make them better-suited to asymmetric conflicts does not protect them from the budgetary axe.
  • That's because the traditional hedge-fund fee structure is asymmetric.
British Dictionary definitions for asymmetric


/ˌæsɪˈmɛtrɪk; ˌeɪ-/
not symmetrical; lacking symmetry; misproportioned
  1. (of a molecule) having its atoms and radicals arranged unsymmetrically
  2. (of a carbon atom) attached to four different atoms or radicals so that stereoisomerism results
  3. involving chiral molecules: asymmetric synthesis
(electrical engineering) (of conductors) having different conductivities depending on the direction of current flow, as of diodes
(aeronautics) having unequal thrust, as caused by an inoperative engine in a twin-engined aircraft
(logic, maths) (of a relation) never holding between a pair of values x and y when it holds between y and x, as "…is the father of…" Compare symmetric (sense 1), antisymmetric, nonsymmetric
Derived Forms
asymmetrically, adverb
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