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Definitions for dissimilar
dɪˈsɪm ə lər, dɪsˈsɪm-dis·sim·i·lar

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. dissimilaradjective

    not similar

    "a group of very dissimilar people"; "a pump not dissimilar to those once found on every farm"; "their understanding of the world is not so dissimilar from our own"; "took different (or dissimilar) approaches to the problem"

  2. unalike, dissimilaradjective

    not alike or similar

    "as unalike as two people could be"

  3. unlike, dissimilar, differentadjective

    marked by dissimilarity

    "for twins they are very unlike"; "people are profoundly different"


  1. dissimilaradjective

    Not similar; unlike; different

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Dissimilaradjective

    Unlike; heterogeneous.

    Etymology: dis and similar.

    Simple oil is reduced into dissimilar parts, and yields a sweet oil, very differing from sallet-oil. Boyle.

    The light whose rays are all alike refrangible I call simple, homogeneal, and similar; and that whose rays are some more refrangible than others, I call compound, heterogeneal, and dissimilar. Isaac Newton, Opt.

    If the fluid be supposed to consist of heterogeneous particles, we cannot conceive how those dissimilar parts can have a like situation. Richard Bentley, Sermons.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Dissimilaradjective

    not similar; unlike; heterogeneous; as, the tempers of men are as dissimilar as their features

  2. Etymology: [Pref. dis- + similar: cf. F. dissimilaire.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Dissimilar

    dis-sim′i-lar, adj. not similar: unlike in any respect: of different sorts.—ns. Dissimilar′ity, Dissimil′itude, unlikeness: want of resemblance.—adv. Dissim′ilarly.—ns. Dissimilā′tion, the act of rendering dissimilar; Dissim′ile, the opposite of a simile, a comparison by contrast.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of dissimilar in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of dissimilar in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of dissimilar in a Sentence

  1. George Eliot:

    A toddling little girl is a center of common feeling which makes the most dissimilar people understand each other.

  2. Tim Malloy:

    Sen. Bernie Sanders and Secretary Hillary Clinton are neck and neck. But while Bernie has the trust, Hillary has the experience. Two different measurements of two dissimilar candidates.

  3. Dan Ivascyn:

    We do think in certain areas of the corporate credit markets that people have been overreacting and as a result, we are responding, we do think there's been an overreaction in certain corporate credits and we are there to bid bonds which is not too dissimilar to what we did last year when there was a lot of volatility in Emerging Markets, particularly in Russia.

  4. Jason Sudeikis:

    Mine was pretty much an amped up version of myself; it’s not too dissimilar, we toyed with the idea of maybe making a big swing or a medium swing and it just felt that in order to play the sarcasm, the frustration and the anger, I should just do it in my voice.

  5. Jessica Greaney:

    I wasn’t allowed to sleep properly for nearly a week, it was not dissimilar from Chinese water torture. After the fourth day, not only was I going insane and crying every five minutes, nothing was changing.

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    the difference between the market value of a property and the claims held against it
    • A. downsizing
    • B. equity
    • C. transition
    • D. decline

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