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

Definition of dissimilar

: unlike people with dissimilar backgrounds

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dissimilarly \ (ˈ)di(s)-​ˈsi-​mə-​lər-​lē How to pronounce dissimilarly (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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The Underwater Gripper could potentially be sent to an asteroid, not that dissimilar to what NASA is doing with its OSIRIS-Rex spacecraft, which recently reached the Bennu asteroid. Fox News, "NASA is building robots that can climb Mars, including an 'ice worm'," 11 July 2019 This is the season for granitas, a flaky ice dessert not dissimilar to shaved ice. Kari Sonde, Washington Post, "6 berry-filled treats to light up your Fourth of July celebration," 1 July 2019 Free Lovers were seen by social conservatives to be a dangerous menace to social norms and public morality: not dissimilar to how LGBTQ people have been viewed in and past, and by some, even today. Michael Bronski, Time, "The Radical Woman Whose 19th Century Ideas Still Undergird the LGBTQ-Rights Movement," 25 June 2019 For all intents and purposes, the instruments onboard Dragonfly are not terribly dissimilar from those on NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover. Shannon Stirone, Scientific American, "New NASA Mission Will Fly Titan’s Frigid Skies to Search for Life’s Beginnings," 27 June 2019 The pressure surrounding weddings is not dissimilar to that surrounding social media; a convergence of the two is sure to get under people's skin. Cait Munro, refinery29.com, "Why 200K People Couldn't Look Away From This Influencer's Viral Wedding Stunt," 25 June 2019 At a time that’s not dissimilar to how people were feeling in 1940; there’s a tremendous cloud of dread hanging over the entire dumpster fire of the world right now. Lizzie O'leary, The Atlantic, "Elizabeth Gilbert Is Owning Her Past Mistakes," 15 June 2019 Between fielding phone calls, making dinner reservations, reading copy, and examining deceptively dissimilar cerulean belts, the actress somehow spared a moment to answer our 73 Questions. Vogue, "Watch Emily Blunt Fill In for Vogue’s Editor in Chief," 8 Nov. 2018 Outwardly, the journeys of Ms. Stevens and Mrs. Gaskell are quite dissimilar. Alexandra Mullen, WSJ, "‘The Victorian and the Romantic’ Review: A Doctorate in Desire," 28 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of dissimilar

1599, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of dissimilar was in 1599

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English Language Learners Definition of dissimilar

: not the same : different or unalike


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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