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unlike

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adjective un·like \ ˌən-ˈlīk \

Definition of unlike

:not like: such as
a :marked by lack of resemblance :different
  • the two books are quite unlike
b :marked by inequality :unequal
  • contributed unlike amounts

unlikeness

noun

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

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First Known Use of unlike

13th century


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unlike

preposition

Definition of unlike

:not like: such as
a :different from
  • a landscape unlike any other
b :not characteristic of
  • it was unlike him to be late
c :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.

First Known Use of unlike

circa 1592


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unlike

conjunction

Definition of unlike

: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. WalshStanford Law Rev.
In spite of criticism, this conjunctive use of unlike is well established in both American and British English.


First Known Use of unlike

1949



UNLIKE Defined for English Language Learners

unlike

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adjective

Definition of unlike for English Language Learners

  • : not similar


unlike

preposition

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 :different from
  • You are unlike the rest.
2 :unusual for
  • It's unlike them to be so late.
3 :differently from
  • I behave unlike the others.

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unlike

adjective

Definition of unlike for Students

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


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