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disparate

[dis-per-it, dih-spar-] /ˈdɪs pər ɪt, dɪˈspær-/
adjective
1.
distinct in kind; essentially different; dissimilar:
disparate ideas.
Origin
1580-1590
1580-90; < Latin disparātus separated (past participle of disparāre), equivalent to dis- dis-1 + par(āre) to prepare (see pare) + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
disparately, adverb
disparateness, noun
nondisparate, adjective
nondisparately, adverb
nondisparateness, noun
Can be confused
desperate, disparate.
Synonyms
separate, divergent, incommensurable, unlike.
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British Dictionary definitions for nondisparate

disparate

/ˈdɪspərɪt/
adjective
1.
utterly different or distinct in kind
noun
2.
(pl) unlike things or people
Derived Forms
disparately, adverb
disparateness, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin disparāre to divide, from dis-1 + parāre to prepare; also influenced by Latin dispar unequal
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Word Origin and History for nondisparate

disparate

adj.

c.1600, "unlike in kind," from Latin disparatus, past participle of disparare "divide, separate," from dis- "apart" (see dis-) + parare "get ready, prepare" (see pare); meaning influenced by Latin dispar "unequal, unlike." Related: Disparately; disparateness.

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