similarity

noun sim·i·lar·i·ty \ ˌsi-mə-ˈler-ə-tē , -ˈla-rə- \

Definition of similarity

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

Examples of similarity in a Sentence

  1. I doubt that these words are related beyond a similarity in sound.

  2. The books share a similarity of ideas.

  3. I see a lot of similarities in them.

  4. Looking at these fossils, I see some similarity to modern-day birds.

  5. I see very little similarity between your situation and his.

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First Known Use of similarity

1664

Synonym Discussion of 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


SIMILARITY Defined for English Language Learners

similarity

noun

Definition of similarity for English Language Learners

  • : a quality that makes one person or thing like another


SIMILARITY Defined for Kids

similarity

noun sim·i·lar·i·ty \ ˌsi-mə-ˈler-ə-tē \

Definition of similarity for Students

plural similarities
: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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