adjective \ˈdis-p(ə-)rət, di-ˈsper-ət, -ˈspa-rət\

: different from each other

Full Definition of DISPARATE

:  containing or made up of fundamentally different and often incongruous elements
:  markedly distinct in quality or character
dis·pa·rate·ly adverb
dis·pa·rate·ness noun
dis·par·i·ty \di-ˈsper-ə-tē, -ˈspa-rə-\ noun

Examples of DISPARATE

  1. <disparate notions among adults and adolescents about when middle age begins>
  2. First during the nineteen-seventies, but with increasing momentum during the eighties, a loose community of physics researchers had begun to postulate that the disparate small particles that we learned about in high-school science class—electrons, for instance—were actually the varied vibrations of tiny open and closed looped strings. —Benjamin Wallace-Wells, New Yorker, 21 July 2008


Middle English desparat, from Latin disparatus, past participle of disparare to separate, from dis- + parare to prepare — more at pare
First Known Use: 15th century


adjective \dis-ˈpar-ət, ˈdis-p(ə-)rət\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of DISPARATE

: indicating or stimulating dissimilar points on the retina of each eye


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