unlike


1un·like

adjective \-ˈlīk\

: not similar

Full Definition of UNLIKE

:  not like: as
a :  marked by lack of resemblance :  different <the two books are quite unlike>
b :  marked by inequality :  unequal <contributed unlike amounts>
un·like·ness noun

Examples of UNLIKE

  1. a comparison of unlike things
  2. <you're trying to compare very unlike things—like those proverbial apples and oranges>

First Known Use of UNLIKE

13th century

2unlike

preposition

: different from (something or someone)

: not typical of (someone) : not normal for (someone)

—used to indicate how someone or something is different from other people or things

Full Definition of UNLIKE

:  not like: as
a :  different from <a landscape unlike any other>
b :  not characteristic of <it was unlike him to be late>
c :  in a different manner from <spoke clearly, unlike the others>

Examples of UNLIKE

  1. The plants that grow here are unlike the plants that grow where I live.
  2. She's unlike anyone I've ever met.

First Known Use of UNLIKE

circa 1592

3unlike

conjunction

Definition of UNLIKE

:  in a manner that is different than :  not as

Usage Discussion of UNLIKE

The use of unlike as a conjunction is less common than conjunctive use of like and, while criticized, is not as frequently cited as an error. The conjunctive unlike almost always introduces a prepositional phrase <unlike in other areas, the judiciary cannot justify its attempt … as a necessary evil — Alexandra M. Walsh, Stanford Law Review>. In spite of criticism, this conjunctive use of unlike is well established in both American and British English.

First Known Use of UNLIKE

1949

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