dis·sim·i·lar | \(ˌ)di(s)-ˈsi-mə-lər, -ˈsim-lər\

Definition of dissimilar 

: unlike people with dissimilar backgrounds

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Other Words from dissimilar

dissimilarity \(ˌ)di(s)-ˌsi-mə-ˈler-ə-tē \ noun
dissimilarly \(ˈ)di(s)-ˈsi-mə-lər-lē, -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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Writer David Mamet worked in a real estate office for a period of time, perhaps not dissimilar to the office portrayed in the play, Soria said. Annie Alleman, chicagotribune.com, "GreenMan closes out season with 'Glengarry Glen Ross'," 29 May 2018 Exile and immigration, terms often used interchangeably, are dissimilar in one key aspect: Exile, brought on by inevitability and not by choice, lacks the agency so essential to immigration. Dalia Sofer, New York Times, "A Persian Turned Parisian Insists: I’m Not an Immigrant, I’m an Exile," 8 June 2018 Spain's overall World Cup record is not wildly dissimilar to England's. SI.com, "How Luis Enrique Must Force Quick Transition to Stop Spain Returning to the Mediocre Years," 10 July 2018 New York, the greatest city in the world, had something set-like about it, not dissimilar to the sets in my father’s old productions. Hedia Anvar, Longreads, "How To Build An Intellectual," 23 June 2018 Possible Route to the Final Whilst Brazil will be the overwhelming favourites to finish top of their group, Costa Rica can take great heart from having overcome not dissimilar odds against them to top their group in 2014. SI.com, "2018 FIFA World Cup Team Preview: Analysing Costa Rica's Chances at the Tournament," 3 June 2018 Only the phrasing is swapped around, not dissimilar to the variations seen in the fidelity tests that were performed on the James Delos host clone. Bryan Bishop, The Verge, "Westworld Spoilers Club season 2, episode 9: Vanishing Point," 18 June 2018 The jump from pigs to canines was unexpected, though, because their locks are more dissimilar. National Geographic, "No, Killer Dog Flu Isn't the Next Human Pandemic," 8 June 2018 Following in a path not too dissimilar to current Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas, Lopez will hope to show his potential in London. SI.com, "15-Year-Old Barcelona Starlet All-But Confirms Move to Arsenal in Instagram Post," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of dissimilar

1599, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of dissimilar

: not the same : different or unalike


dis·sim·i·lar | \di-ˈsi-mə-lər \

Kids Definition of dissimilar

: different sense 1 They have dissimilar backgrounds.

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