Definition of dissimilar in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌdi(s)ˈsimilər/


Not alike; different: a collection of dissimilar nations lacking overall homogeneity the pleasures of the romance novel are not dissimilar from those of the chocolate bar
More example sentences
  • One pair was even found to be as dissimilar as prints from different people.
  • It would be hard to think of two European nations more dissimilar, historically, than the Italians and the Scots.
  • Different geographical areas connect to the debates on globalisation in dissimilar ways.
different, differing, unalike, variant, varying, diverse, divergent, heterogeneous, disparate, unrelated, distinct, contrasting
literary divers



Example sentences
  • Not dissimilarly, this mechanical device has revolutionized, no pun intended, the experience of dining out.
  • Football clubs used a brace of strikers not dissimilarly.
  • A junction between dissimilarly doped semiconductor layers sets up a potential barrier in the cell, which separates the light-generated charge carriers.


Late 16th century: from dis- (expressing reversal) + similar, on the pattern of Latin dissimilis, French dissimilaire.

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