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[dih-sim-uh-ler, dis-sim-] /dɪˈsɪm ə lər, dɪsˈsɪm-/
not similar; unlike; different.
1615-25; dis-1 + similar
Related forms
dissimilarly, adverb
distinct, disparate, diverse, individual. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for dissimilar
  • Two influences shaped his career, and they could not be more dissimilar.
  • The fragmentation of the economy into dissimilar realms has been debated for years by economists.
  • The computer is blind to the fact that these things are dissimilar in some way that's important to humans.
  • Two otherwise dissimilar particles can be quantum entangled.
  • In neurobiological terms, binge eating is not dissimilar to drug addiction.
  • The ego seeks to confirm itself and it does that through acceptance of similar people and rejection of dissimilar people.
  • His theory deals with what happened to life after it was already here, two distinctly dissimilar processes.
  • Yet it is not dissimilar to that in many other rich countries, which have mostly seen equally rapid increases.
  • Members of couples with similar personalities were indeed happier than those whose partners were dissimilar.
  • In the meantime, the dynamic is not dissimilar to a game of chicken, which is a poor way to make crucial policy decisions.
British Dictionary definitions for dissimilar


not alike; not similar; different
Derived Forms
dissimilarly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for dissimilar

1620s, from dis- + similar; perhaps on analogy of French dissimilaire. Related: Dissimilarity.

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