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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Recent Examples on the Web All but the most immediately recognizable features are stripped away, transforming it into an icon, not too dissimilar from how Nike turned a silhouette of Michael Jordan in air into its famed Jumpman logo. Marc Bain, Quartz, "Nike doubles down on Colin Kaepernick with new sneaker bearing his image," 23 Dec. 2019 Derrick Willies made a bobbling touchdown catch during redzone, not too dissimilar from the bobbling catch Odell Beckham made on Monday. Dan Labbe, cleveland.com, "Browns training camp offensive report: Damon Sheehy-Guiseppi makes plays as battle for last receiver spots heats up," 26 July 2019 New Orleans came to Pepsi Center for the Nuggets’ first Christmas Day game since 2012 and handed them a humbling 112-100 loss, not dissimilar from the one that happened at the end of October. Mike Singer, The Denver Post, "Nuggets humbled on Christmas Day as Pelicans snap winning streak at 7," 25 Dec. 2019 How similar or dissimilar are consumer behaviours and buying patterns in smaller cities as compared with metros? Sangeeta Tanwar, Quartz India, "Online grocer Grofers is on a small-town high in India," 24 Dec. 2019 Not even the backing of former Prime Minister Theresa May, who spoke in favor of her successor's deal despite having once rejected a not dissimilar proposal from the EU, was enough to prevent the defeat. Peter Wilkinson, CNN, "Johnson asked EU leaders for a Brexit delay. He also told them not to grant it," 19 Oct. 2019 At first, socialism seemed to work in these vastly dissimilar countries. Lee Edwards, National Review, "Three Nations That Tried Socialism and Rejected It," 14 Oct. 2019 So the easiest solution is often for cells with dissimilar abilities and complementary needs to merge, explains John McCutcheon, an endosymbiosis researcher at the University of Montana. Quanta Magazine, "Cell-Bacteria Mergers Offer Clues to How Organelles Evolved," 3 Oct. 2019 The price per unit of cryptocurrency is set by an exchange and changes day to day not dissimilar, although more volatile, to normal currency exchanges. NBC News, "Cryptocurrency expert accused of assisting North Korea in evading sanctions," 29 Nov. 2019

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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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17 Jan 2020

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“Dissimilar.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dissimilar. Accessed 23 January 2020.

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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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out of the ordinary or unreasonable

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