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unlike

[uhn-lahyk] /ʌnˈlaɪk/
adjective
1.
different, dissimilar, or unequal; not alike:
They contributed unlike sums to charity.
preposition
2.
dissimilar to; different from:
She is unlike my sister in many ways.
3.
not typical or characteristic of:
It is unlike her to enjoy herself so much.
noun
4.
a person or thing differing from another or others.
Origin
1150-1200
1150-1200; Middle English unlik. See un-1, like1
Related forms
unlikeness, noun
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  • unlike those above, the sentence cannot be split into two independent statements.
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  • unlike today, each party nominated two candidates for the presidency.
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  • It offers a tactile pleasure unlike any other whiskey in the world.
  • unlike conventional plastics, their ultimate raw material is not oil, but maize.
British Dictionary definitions for unlike

unlike

/ʌnˈlaɪk/
adjective
1.
not alike; dissimilar or unequal; different
2.
(archaic) unlikely
preposition
3.
not like; not typical of: unlike his father, he lacks intelligence
Derived Forms
unlikeness, noun
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Word Origin and History for unlike
adj.

c.1200, "not resembling," from un- (1) "not" + like (adj.). Cf. Old English ungelic, Old Frisian unlik, Old Norse ulikr, Middle Danish ulige.

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