similarity

noun
sim·​i·​lar·​i·​ty | \ ˌsi-mə-ˈler-ə-tē How to pronounce similarity (audio) , -ˈla-rə-\
plural similarities

Definition of similarity

1 : the quality or state of being similar : resemblance
2 : a comparable aspect : correspondence

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Choose the Right Synonym for similarity

likeness, similarity, resemblance, similitude, analogy mean agreement or correspondence in details. likeness implies a closer correspondence than similarity which often implies that things are merely somewhat alike. a remarkable likeness to his late father some similarity between the two cases resemblance implies similarity chiefly in appearance or external qualities. statements that bear little resemblance to the truth similitude applies chiefly to correspondence between abstractions. two schools of social thought showing points of similitude analogy implies likeness or parallelism in relations rather than in appearance or qualities. pointed out analogies to past wars

Examples of similarity in a Sentence

I doubt that these words are related beyond a similarity in sound. The books share a similarity of ideas. I see a lot of similarities in them. Looking at these fossils, I see some similarity to modern-day birds. I see very little similarity between your situation and his.
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Recent Examples on the Web

Despite the striking similarities with her ex, Rebecca insists that this new relationship is much different than that with her ex-husband. Tomás Mier, PEOPLE.com, "90 Day Fiancé's Rebecca, 47, Says New Boyfriend Zied, 26, Is 'Completely Different' from Her Ex," 2 Aug. 2019 Out of these similarities and differences arise recurrent themes that propel the book forward. Bryn Greenwood, Washington Post, "Lisa Taddeo’s ‘Three Women’ examines the way men’s actions shape female desire," 8 July 2019 Because of these similarities, specific human anti-cancer therapies should work successfully in sea turtles. Jessica Alice Farrell, Smithsonian, "Should We Share Human Cancer Treatments With Tumorous Turtles?," 11 July 2018 These similarities have been identified by scholars since at least the mid-20th century, but too often ignored. Andrew Stuttaford, WSJ, "‘Marx and Marxism’ and ‘A World to Win’ Review: Better Dead Than Read," 5 July 2018 For all these similarities, Tencent and Alibaba are sharply distinct companies, as different in culture, style, and approach as Apple is from Google. Adam Lashinsky, Fortune, "Alibaba v. Tencent: The Battle for Supremacy in China," 21 June 2018 Yet despite the similarity of losing star quarterbacks, these are entirely different situations. Jarrett Bell, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Roethlisberger, Brees injuries shake up NFL playoff races, force hard look at the future," 16 Sep. 2019 The similarities and history between Southern and Indian ingredients make the two regional cuisines a better match than most. Fortune, "These Award-Winning Chefs Are Expressing Their Indian Heritage With Southern Food," 15 Sep. 2019 But his longevity leads to some interesting statistical similarities to superior players. BostonGlobe.com, "PREDICTION, OR DO YOU THINK DAN MARINO STILL GIVES HIS RECEIVERS ISOTONER GLOVES FOR CHRISTMAS?," 14 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of similarity

1664, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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similarity

noun

English Language Learners Definition of similarity

: a quality that makes one person or thing like another

similarity

noun
sim·​i·​lar·​i·​ty | \ ˌsi-mə-ˈler-ə-tē How to pronounce similarity (audio) \
plural similarities

Kids Definition of similarity

: the quality or state of being alike in some way or ways There is a similarity in looks between the children.

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