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unlike

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adjective un·like \ˌən-ˈlīk\

Definition of unlike

  1. :  not like: such asa :  marked by lack of resemblance :  different the two books are quite unlikeb :  marked by inequality :  unequal contributed unlike amounts

unlikeness

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Examples of unlike in a sentence

  1. a comparison of unlike things

  2. you're trying to compare very unlike things—like those proverbial apples and oranges

13th Century

First Known Use of unlike

13th century


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unlike

preposition un·like

Definition of unlike

  1. :  not like: such asa :  different from a landscape unlike any otherb :  not characteristic of it was unlike him to be latec :  in a different manner from spoke clearly, unlike the others

Examples of unlike in a sentence

  1. The plants that grow here are unlike the plants that grow where I live.

  2. She's unlike anyone I've ever met.

Circa 1592

First Known Use of unlike

circa 1592


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unlike

conjunction un·like

Definition of unlike

  1. :  in a manner that is different than :  not as

Can unlike be used as a conjunction?

The use of unlike as a conjunction is less common than conjunctive use of like and, while criticized, is not as frequently cited as an error. The conjunctive unlike almost always introduces a prepositional phrase unlike in other areas, the judiciary cannot justify its attempt … as a necessary evil — Alexandra M. Walsh, Stanford Law Rev.. In spite of criticism, this conjunctive use of unlike is well established in both American and British English.

1949

First Known Use of unlike

1949



UNLIKE Defined for English Language Learners

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unlike

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adjective un·like \ˌən-ˈlīk\

Definition of unlike for English Language Learners

  • : not similar


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unlike

preposition un·like

Definition of unlike for English Language Learners

  • : different from (something or someone)

  • : not typical of (someone) : not normal for (someone)

  • —used to indicate how someone or something is different from other people or things


UNLIKE Defined for Kids

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unlike

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preposition un·like \ˌən-ˈlīk\

Definition of unlike for Students

  1. 1 :  different from You are unlike the rest.

  2. 2 :  unusual for It's unlike them to be so late.

  3. 3 :  differently from I behave unlike the others.


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unlike

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adjective un·like

Definition of unlike for Students

  1. :  different 1, unequal You can't compare such unlike things.



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