dis·​sim·​i·​lar | \ (ˌ)di(s)-ˈsi-mə-lər How to pronounce dissimilar (audio) , -ˈsim-lər \

Definition of dissimilar

: not the same or similar : different or unalike people with dissimilar backgrounds dissimilar materials The responsibilities of the resident were not dissimilar to those of the intern …— James D. Hardy

Other Words from dissimilar

dissimilarly \ (ˈ)di(s)-​ˈsi-​mə-​lər-​lē How to pronounce dissimilar (audio) , -​ˈsim-​lər-​ \ adverb

Examples of dissimilar in a Sentence

The two movies are very dissimilar. The writers have dissimilar backgrounds. The question is not dissimilar to one asked earlier.
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First Known Use of dissimilar

1599, in the meaning defined above

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“Dissimilar.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dissimilar. Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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dis·​sim·​i·​lar | \ di-ˈsi-mə-lər How to pronounce dissimilar (audio) \

Kids Definition of dissimilar

: different sense 1 They have dissimilar backgrounds.

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