[dis-per-it, dih-spar-]
distinct in kind; essentially different; dissimilar: disparate ideas.

1580–90; < Latin disparātus separated (past participle of disparāre), equivalent to dis- dis-1 + par(āre) to prepare (see pare) + -ātus -ate1

disparately, adverb
disparateness, noun
nondisparate, adjective
nondisparately, adverb
nondisparateness, noun

desperate, disparate.

separate, divergent, incommensurable, unlike.
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disparate (ˈdɪspərɪt)
1.  utterly different or distinct in kind
2.  (plural) unlike things or people
[C16: from Latin disparāre to divide, from dis-1 + parāre to prepare; also influenced by Latin dispar unequal]

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Word Origin & History

1608, "unlike in kind," from L. disparatus, pp. of disparare "divide, separate," from dis- "apart" + parare "get ready, prepare" (see pare); meaning infl. by L. dispar "unequal, unlike."
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Example sentences
These disparate interests work against regional planning and promote sprawl.
Two atmospheric scientists have now resolved these seemingly disparate trends.
She cautions against going overboard with too many disparate shades.
This is based on an erroneous reading of various disparate public records.
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