There are 2 main definitions of unlike in English:

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unlike 1

Pronunciation: /ʌnˈlʌɪk/


1Different from; not similar to: a large house not unlike Mr Shah’s they were unlike anything ever seen before
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  • But still the mountain loomed over her and just in some way it was different and unlike anything she had seen.
  • For this house was different, unlike any I'd seen.
  • I lived there only briefly, but even as a child I knew that the attitude among the city's poor, black population was unlike anything I'd ever experienced.
different from, unalike, dissimilar to, not like, not similar to, not resembling, far from, far apart from, distant from
in contrast to/with, differently from, in contradistinction to, as opposed to, not like, not typical of, uncharacteristic of
1.1In contrast to; differently from: unlike Elena he was not superstitious
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  • It is performed with contrast agents that are not toxic to the kidneys, unlike conventional contrast arteriographic agents.
  • But he said some graduates still preferred working for Levett & Bailey because, unlike many contractors, it had a training programme.
  • There is even a legality attached to this aspect of what architects do: unlike a contractor, an architect cannot put a lien against a building if a client does not pay.
1.2Uncharacteristic of (someone): he sounded irritable, which was unlike him
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  • It was, in short, unlike Inzamam's uncharacteristic foray, an entirely typical Jayasuriya innings, ending the day within touching distance of a magnificent century in a session.
  • It would not be unlike South Africa, so full of contradictions, to produce such an incongruous solution to the problems in agriculture being felt all around the emerging world.
  • Britney Spears will play an interesting role that is unlike herself during her guest appearance on CBS’ How I Met Your Mother.


1Dissimilar or different from each other: they seemed utterly unlike, despite being twins
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  • Squared Euclidean distances were utilized in order to maximize the dissimilarity of unlike clusters.
1.1 (unlike to/from) archaic Not like; different from: he was very unlike to any other man
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  • Ah! most unlike to what it was when planted by the Author of all good.


The use of unlike as a conjunction, as in she was behaving unlike she’d ever behaved before, is not considered standard English. It can be avoided by using as with a negative instead: she was behaving as she’d never behaved before.



Pronunciation: /ʌnˈlʌɪknəs/
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  • The word ‘difference’ can be a quality or condition of being different, an instance of unlikeness, a specific point that constitutes a difference, or a distinct mark.
  • You mean being and not being, and likeness and unlikeness, and same and different, and one and any other number they have.
  • IR theorists have largely failed to follow the English school injunction that history requires ‘the elucidation of the unlikeness between past and present’.


Middle English: perhaps originally an alteration of Old Norse úlíkr; compare with Old English ungelīc 'not of the same kind, not comparable'.

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There are 2 main definitions of unlike in English:

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unlike 2

Pronunciation: /ˈʌnlʌɪk/


1 (be unliked) Be regarded with distaste or hostility; be unpopular: the article suggests that his character was unliked by many
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  • Since my feeble attempt at fiction is so unfruitful and unliked, I shall not continue the story to bore you guys.
  • You know, he was not unliked by anybody.
  • It's just that she craves attention and I don't want her to think that she's unliked or something.
2 [with object] (In the context of social media) withdraw one’s approval of or support for (someone or something one has previously liked) by means of an icon or link: I cut about 300 of my 400 friends and unliked about 20-30 pages his followers are jumping ship: over 32,000 unliked him on Thursday
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  • Toggling off the button results in unliking your previously liked item.
  • Facebook's challenge will be to keep these ads as unobtrusive as possible so that users are not alienated or driven to unlike brands.
  • Why do people unlike you: are you annoying your audience?
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