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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.


  1. dissimilar

    Dissimilar refers to things that are unalike, different, or not possessing the same characteristics, attributes, or qualities. It conveys a lack of resemblance or similarity.

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. Arthur Smith:

    This is a good program. They know what they're looking for. I think this shows they've had a good vision. With [head coach] Sean McDermott, [general manager] Brandon Beane and their staffs, I think this is what you're seeing with competent leadership and consistency year over year what they're drafting for, you know, not dissimilar to what [Falcons general manager Terry Fontenot] and I hope to build here. You have a strategy, you have a philosophy, you have some consistency. There's not a lot of knee-jerk reactions. That's why they got a really good roster and they're really well coached and they know what they're looking for. They know what they're asked to do.

  3. 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.

  4. Erik Gordon:

    You have to get dissimilar components like frames, transmissions, seating, brake and sensor systems to fit and work together.

  5. 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.

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