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unlike

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adjective un·like \-ˈlīk\

Simple Definition of unlike

  • : not similar

Full Definition of unlike

  1. :  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>



13th Century

First Known Use of unlike

13th century


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unlike

preposition un·like

Simple Definition of unlike

  • : 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

  1. :  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.



Circa 1592

First Known Use of unlike

circa 1592


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unlike

conjunction un·like

Definition of unlike

  1. :  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.

1949

First Known Use of unlike

1949




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