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 While not identical, the sound and meaning of the marks are not so dissimilar as to preclude the existence of a triable issue of fact. Esther Mobley, SFChronicle.com, "Should JaM Cellars be allowed to monopolize buttery Chardonnay?," 24 Apr. 2020 For one, floating platforms are not completely dissimilar from anchored offshore wind farms in that both require some form of infrastructure to tie it to the seabed. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "The World's Largest Floating Wind Farm Is Already Hard at Work," 9 Jan. 2020 And my experience with Sonoya was not dissimilar, inasmuch as there’s something subverting the thing that appears to be there. Noel Murray, New York Times, "‘Devs’: How the Universe Brought Alex Garland and Nick Offerman Together," 5 Mar. 2020 Last year, Mississippi launched its own lottery under rules not too dissimilar from the Dunleavy’s plan. James Brooks, Anchorage Daily News, "Two Alaska state lottery plans are about to be debated. Here’s how they’d work.," 15 Feb. 2020 Orange Beach City Administrator Ken Grimes believes the impact to the cities will not be dissimilar to a major hurricane evacuation, when tax revenues dry up because residents and tourists flee for safety and businesses close. al, "Coronavirus could be worse for beach businesses than BP oil spill, hurricanes," 2 Apr. 2020 There’s a lot of water dripping and bird twittering here, and some of it is not dissimilar enough to matter. Lori Waxman, chicagotribune.com, "‘Chicago Sound’ pairs University of Chicago campus with artistic sound for a feast for the ears," 25 Oct. 2019 The spreading of a virus is not dissimilar to the spreading of political extremism. Marco Malvaldi, The New Yorker, "What Italians Have Learned from the Coronavirus," 5 Apr. 2020 The responses of the two nations, like the scale of influx at their respective borders, could hardly be more dissimilar. Thomas Chatterton Williams, Harper's Magazine, "The Wanderer’s Port," 30 Mar. 2020

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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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“Dissimilar.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dissimilar. Accessed 5 Jun. 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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