Definition of similar in English:


Line breaks: simi|lar
Pronunciation: /ˈsɪmɪlə



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  • 1chiefly • archaic A person or thing similar to another: he was one of those whose similar you never meet
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    • In other words, if a normal person would say two images are essentially the same, they are "similars."
  • 2 (usually similars) A substance that produces effects resembling the symptoms of particular diseases (the basis of homeopathic treatment): the principle of treatment by similars
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    • The law of similars describes how a homeopathic drug is chosen based on its ability, in gross crude form, to produce the symptoms similar to that of a specific disease.
    • Yet despite having demonstrated that the law of similars has not generally been applied to the use of mild herbal substances, one question still remains.
    • Different from herbal remedies, Oscillococcinum is a homeopathic preparation created according to the ‘law of similars,’ which basically states that like will cure like.


late 16th century (also as a term in anatomy meaning 'homogeneous'): from French similaire or medieval Latin similaris, from Latin similis 'like'.


The standard construction for similar is with to, as in I’ve had problems similar to yours . However, in British English, the construction similar as is sometimes used instead, as in I’ve had similar problems as yourself . This is not accepted as correct in standard English.

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