dissimilarity

noun
dis·​sim·​i·​lar·​i·​ty | \ (ˌ)di(s)-ˌsi-mə-ˈler-ə-tē How to pronounce dissimilarity (audio) \
plural dissimilarities

Definition of dissimilarity

: the quality or state of being dissimilar : difference in appearance or nature … a recurrent trope in Hanks's stories is stressing the dissimilarity of life to cinema: lovers worry that they have become "like characters in a movie"; siblings close in age refuse to dress "like twins in some movie".— Mark Lawson Whatever their dissimilarities, neither Stalin nor Khrushchev nor Brezhnev wanted a war with the United States.— John Lewis Gaddis The exhibition looks past any superficial dissimilarities between the two and instead focus on what makes each a great photographer: the willingness to follow the story and get the right shot.The Huffington Post

First Known Use of dissimilarity

1650, in the meaning defined above

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“Dissimilarity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dissimilarity. Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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