resemblance

[ri-zem-bluhns]
noun
1.
the state or fact of resembling; similarity.
2.
a degree, kind, or point of likeness.
3.
a likeness, appearance, or semblance of something.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English < Anglo-French, equivalent to resembl(er) to resemble + -ance -ance

nonresemblance, noun
preresemblance, noun


1. Resemblance, similarity imply that there is a likeness between two or more people or things. Resemblance indicates primarily a likeness in appearance, either a striking one or one which merely serves as a reminder to the beholder: The boy has a strong resemblance to his father. Similarity may imply a surface likeness, but usually suggests also a likeness in other characteristics: There is a similarity in their tastes and behavior. 2. analogy, similitude. 3. image.


1. difference.
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resemblance (rɪˈzɛmbləns)
 
n
1.  the state or quality of resembling; likeness or similarity in nature, appearance, etc
2.  the degree or extent to which or the respect in which a likeness exists
3.  something resembling something else; semblance; likeness
 
re'semblant
 
adj

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Example sentences
Any resemblance to real persons is purely coincidental.
Biochemists can thus resort to rough predictions of protein structure based on
  calculations of family resemblance.
The common name refers to the petals' resemblance to kittens' ears.
The main upside to their resemblance is enhanced protection.
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