disparate

adjective
dis·​pa·​rate | \ ˈdis-p(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
disparity \ di-​ˈsper-​ə-​tē How to pronounce disparity (audio) , -​ˈspa-​rə-​ \ noun

Choose the Right Synonym for disparate

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

Examples of disparate in a Sentence

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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Courts have interpreted the Fair Housing Act to ban policies with a discriminatory disparate impact since it was passed in 1968, but with variations in its application. Jeff Andrews, Curbed, "HUD proposes rule that would make housing discrimination lawsuits ‘impossible’," 19 Aug. 2019 How did these disparate elements come together for you? Deborah Treisman, The New Yorker, "David Rabe on the Netherworld of Fiction," 1 July 2019 For example, what kinds of disparate impacts can be inadvertently created by an algorithm? Jeff Kao And Jack Gillum, ProPublica, "Methodology: How We Tested an Aggression Detection Algorithm," 25 June 2019 As a disparate group of academics, economists, technologists and lawmakers, their politics range from moderately liberal to free-market conservative. Steve Lohr, New York Times, "Calls Mount to Ease Big Tech’s Grip on Your Data," 25 July 2019 Pennypacker was one member of a disparate group of lawmakers and social reformers across the U.S. who called for an end to unsupervised fireworks and explosives. Michael Waters, Smithsonian, "The 1900s Movement to Make the Fourth of July Boring (But Safe)," 3 July 2019 These top capital prosecution officials subsequently faced scrutiny and were ousted from their roles in the wake of allegations of misconduct and disparate treatment. Gabrielle Banks, Houston Chronicle, "Houston judge questions capability of federal prosecutor in San Jacinto County death penalty case," 19 June 2019 Though categorically disparate, Newson’s oeuvre is unified by a severe dedication to craftsmanship, utilizing sometimes long-abandoned artisanal techniques in the most unorthodox of ways. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "The Hot Seat: Designer Marc Newson Is Celebrated With a Gagosian Gallery Show," 19 Jan. 2019 But analysts and Turkey’s allies alike question whether Ankara can bring the desperate and disparate rebel fighters to heel. Angela Charlton, The Seattle Times, "Syria: Everyone else’s battleground, in both war and peace," 25 Sep. 2018

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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

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of disparate

formal : different from each other

disparate

adjective
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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