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having a likeness or resemblance, especially in a general way: two similar houses.
Geometry. (of figures) having the same shape; having corresponding sides proportional and corresponding angles equal: similar triangles.
Mathematics. (of two square matrices) related by means of a similarity transformation.

1605–15; earlier similary < French similaire or Medieval Latin similāris, equivalent to Latin simil(is) like, similar (akin to simul together; cf. simplex) + -āris -ar1

similarly, adverb
nonsimilar, adjective
nonsimilarly, adverb
quasi-similar, adjective
quasi-similarly, adverb
self-similar, adjective
unsimilar, adjective
unsimilarly, adverb

1. like, resembling. See same.

1. different.
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similar (ˈsɪmɪlə)
1.  showing resemblance in qualities, characteristics, or appearance; alike but not identical
2.  geometry Compare congruent (of two or more figures) having corresponding angles equal and all corresponding sides in the same ratio
3.  maths (of two classes) equinumerous
[C17: from Old French similaire, from Latin similis]
usage  As should not be used after similar: Wilson held a similar position to Jones (not a similar position as Jones); the system is similar to the one in France (not similar as the one in France)

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Word Origin & History

1611 (earlier similary, 1564), from Fr. similaire, from an extended form of L. similis "like," from Old L. semol "together," from PIE base *sem-/*som- "same" (see same).
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