Definition of dissimilar in English:

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Pronunciation: /dɪˈsɪmɪlə/


Not the same; 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, unlike, unalike, varying, variant, various, diverse, heterogeneous, disparate, unrelated, distinct, contrasting, contradictory, poles apart;
divergent, mismatched, inconsistent
informal like chalk and cheese
literary divers, myriad



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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