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

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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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Recent Examples on the Web On the outside, both Ford SUVs ape the design elements from the original Broncos of the 1960s and '70s, yet the two are very dissimilar underneath. Scott Oldham, Car and Driver, "2021 Ford Bronco Sport Badlands Earns the Bronco Name," 7 Dec. 2020 Unfortunately the update did not address the accusations that the interpretive recipe remained so dissimilar to the original dishes yet invoked their names. Louisa Chu, chicagotribune.com, "Chef Stephanie Izard criticized for cultural appropriation with Instagram beef recipe," 18 Dec. 2020 Luster’s effect is not dissimilar to a meme, if a meme won literary awards. Seija Rankin, EW.com, "The most millennial books of 2020," 15 Dec. 2020 Their strategies are by no means reflective of the entire country’s experience, but even within this small sample of middle-aged city dwellers and suburbanites, their behaviors were shockingly dissimilar. Rachel Gutman, The Atlantic, "Pandemic Pod Means Something Different to Everyone," 30 Nov. 2020 Covid-19 caused a housing market crisis—this is not dissimilar to the last time that Biden took national office, as vice president. Melissa Gira Grant, The New Republic, "The Election Is Over. Here’s a Vision From the Left for the Next Four Years.," 7 Nov. 2020 Earth 11 is not that dissimilar from the mainstream DC universe except the genders are reversed: Members of the Justice League, known as the Justice Guild, include Wonderous Man and Aquawoman. NBC News, "A nonbinary version of the Flash is joining the Justice League," 19 Nov. 2020 Maryland’s position is not dissimilar from what happened at Wisconsin last month. Edward Lee, baltimoresun.com, "Maryland cancels Saturday’s football game against Michigan State due to coronavirus outbreak," 19 Nov. 2020 Jerry Jeudy and Cam Sims experienced different levels of individual accomplishment at Alabama, and that meant the wide receivers had dissimilar entries into the NFL. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, "Jerry Jeudy, Cam Sims reach NFL receiving milestone," 9 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of dissimilar

1599, in the meaning defined above

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23 Jan 2021

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“Dissimilar.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dissimilar. Accessed 26 Jan. 2021.

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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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