dis·​pa·​rate | \ ˈdi-sp(ə-)rət How to pronounce disparate (audio) , di-ˈsper-ət, -ˈspa-rət How to pronounce disparate (audio) \

Definition of disparate

1 : markedly distinct in quality or character
2 : containing or made up of fundamentally different and often incongruous elements

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Other Words from disparate

disparately adverb
disparateness noun

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different, diverse, divergent, disparate, various mean unlike in kind or character. different may imply little more than separateness but it may also imply contrast or contrariness. different foods diverse implies both distinctness and marked contrast. such diverse interests as dancing and football divergent implies movement away from each other and unlikelihood of ultimate meeting or reconciliation. went on to pursue divergent careers disparate emphasizes incongruity or incompatibility. disparate notions of freedom various stresses the number of sorts or kinds. tried various methods

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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 The American border with Mexico is among the most economically disparate intersections in the world, but the cities on either side of the port looked almost identical—a spread of humble brick and cinder-block homes dotting a blanket of brown hills. — Cecilia Balli, Harper's, October 2006 I made the French lemon cream tart that Greenspan credits to Hermé and got disparate reactions. An American friend loved its creaminess and felt it had a comfortingly familiar texture; a British friend … said he missed the traditional sharp, gel-like custard. — Tamasin Day-Lewis, Saveur, November 2006 Like these imagined cities, identical twins are identical only in their blueprints. By the time they are born, they are already disparate in countless neurological and physiological ways that mostly we cannot see. — Frank J. Sulloway, New York Review, 30 Nov. 2006 The plan, as near as anybody outside Yahoo can make out, is to stitch all those disparate organizations into one huge Frankenstein's monster of a search engine that will strike terror into the hearts of all who behold it. — Lev Grossman, Time, 22 Dec. 2003 disparate notions among adults and adolescents about when middle age begins
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Recent Examples on the Web In that way, Pasquotank County gives a glimpse of the country as a whole, illustrating both stark challenges and glimmers of potential in how communities and local police forces reckon with racially disparate impacts of the drug war. Patrik Jonsson, The Christian Science Monitor, 29 July 2021 These include: • Unifying and normalizing data and insights from disparate parts of the company. Rob Sanchez, Forbes, 6 May 2021 In other words, even though highly polluting facilities tend to be placed near poor areas, that doesn’t fully account for the disparate racial impacts. Fortune, 28 Apr. 2021 Chimera Chimera, referenced in Hesiod’s seventh-century B.C. Theogony and featured in Homer’s the Iliad, was a monstrous jumble of disparate parts: a lion in front, a goat in the middle, and a dragon or snake on the end. Nora Mcgreevy, Smithsonian Magazine, 31 Mar. 2021 Using universal jurisdiction to bring this case has been its own victory, in a way, showing that these disparate parts can tell a clear narrative of wrongdoing. Nate Berg, The New Republic, 14 Dec. 2020 Commissioners promised to continue working to identify policy changes that will help mitigate and end disparate impacts of policing on communities of color. Kevin Rector, Los Angeles Times, 17 Nov. 2020 Other parts of Aspen's identity were clearly stolen from disparate parts of the web. NBC News, 30 Oct. 2020 Exhibited near the Zócalo, the critters delightfully go against nature with multiple, disparate parts—say, eagle talons, butterfly wings, leopard legs, and rabbit ears—merged into a single fantastic creature. Jennifer Barger, National Geographic, 19 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of disparate

1566, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for disparate

borrowed from Latin disparātus "separate, distinct," from past participle of disparāre "to divide, separate off, make different," from dis- dis- + parāre "to supply, provide, make ready" (influenced in sense by association with dispar-, dispār "unequal, different") — more at pare

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“Disparate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disparate. Accessed 26 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of disparate

: different from each other


dis·​pa·​rate | \ dis-ˈpar-ət How to pronounce disparate (audio) , ˈdis-p(ə-)rət How to pronounce disparate (audio) \

Medical Definition of disparate

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

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