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[dih-sim-uh-ler, dis-sim-] /dɪˈsɪm ə lər, dɪsˈsɪm-/
not similar; unlike; different.
Origin of dissimilar
First recorded in 1615-25; dis-1 + similar
Related forms
dissimilarly, adverb
distinct, disparate, diverse, individual. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for dissimilar
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  • Answers not dissimilar have been given before by other artists in like case.

  • In all these cases, the contiguousness of similar, or dissimilar growths, is not stated.

    Life: Its True Genesis R. W. Wright
  • He was behind a boulder, not too dissimilar to Calhoun's breastwork.

    Pariah Planet Murray Leinster
  • I might have known two brothers could not have been so dissimilar in nature.

    The Sea-Hawk Raphael Sabatini
  • What on earth can it be that two people so dissimilar as you and Strickland could aim at?

    The Moon and Sixpence W. Somerset Maugham
British Dictionary definitions for dissimilar


not alike; not similar; different
Derived Forms
dissimilarly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for dissimilar

1620s, from dis- + similar; perhaps on analogy of French dissimilaire. Related: Dissimilarity.

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