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

The clinical signs for tickborne diseases like Lyme, ehrlichia, and anaplasmosis generally share a lot of similarities, Dr. de Jong says. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "What to Do If Your Dog Has a Tick Bite," 19 Apr. 2019 There are a lot of similarities between the two, but there are also some differences. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "What Is a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, and Should You See One?," 6 Feb. 2019 The similarities between This Is Us and A Million Little Things are numerous, from the way both shows are shot to the gooey emotional center. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "If You Like This Is Us, Then You'll Love A Million Little Things," 26 Sep. 2018 They had also been set up by a mutual friend and coincidentally Sarah-Ann bore more than a passing resemblance to Meghan, but that was where the similarity ended. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "Royal Reporter Katie Nicholl Details Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Blind Date," 8 Apr. 2019 Here are the similarities and differences between the two works... 1. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, ""Sierra Burgess is a Loser" is Actually Based on the Play "Cyrano de Bergerac"," 7 Sep. 2018 The similarities between the two films may well just be a coincidence. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Dial Code: Santa Claus is our new favorite holiday cult classic," 24 Dec. 2018 The similarities between the Preseli Mountains and Stonehenge were already myriad. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "The People Who Built Stonehenge Came From Wales," 3 Aug. 2018 The similarities in the men’s behavior were immediately noted on Twitter. Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "R. Kelly Breaks Down During His Interview With Gayle King—Where Have We Seen This Toxic Masculinity Before?," 6 Mar. 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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