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dissimilar

[dih-sim-uh-ler, dis-sim-] /dɪˈsɪm ə lər, dɪsˈsɪm-/
adjective
1.
not similar; unlike; different.
Origin of dissimilar
1615-1625
1615-25; dis-1 + similar
Related forms
dissimilarly, adverb
Synonyms
distinct, disparate, diverse, individual.
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  • Not dissimilar correctives may be employed, in extreme need, against those mightiest in authority.

    An American at Oxford John Corbin
  • Answers not dissimilar have been given before by other artists in like case.

  • Frankly, though, we are too dissimilar ever to get along together.

    Trusia Davis Brinton
  • In all these cases, the contiguousness of similar, or dissimilar growths, is not stated.

    Life: Its True Genesis R. W. Wright
  • Dall admits the speech of the two peoples to be dissimilar yet their language he believes to be one.

British Dictionary definitions for dissimilar

dissimilar

/dɪˈsɪmɪlə/
adjective
1.
not alike; not similar; different
Derived Forms
dissimilarly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for dissimilar
adj.

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

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