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unlike

[uhn-lahyk] /ʌnˈlaɪk/
adjective
1.
different, dissimilar, or unequal; not alike:
They contributed unlike sums to charity.
preposition
2.
dissimilar to; different from:
She is unlike my sister in many ways.
3.
not typical or characteristic of:
It is unlike her to enjoy herself so much.
noun
4.
a person or thing differing from another or others.
Origin of unlike
1150-1200
First recorded in 1150-1200, unlike is from the Middle English word unlik. See un-1, like1
Related forms
unlikeness, noun
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Examples from the Web for unlike
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  • unlike Mlle. Higbee, she has not the father from Chicago nor elsewhere.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • She was not moralizing; at least it was unlike any moralizing that they had ever heard.

    Ester Ried Yet Speaking Isabella Alden
  • Garson answered with a note of weariness that was unlike him.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • There was something about her eyes not unlike the dog's expression, submissive, but questioning.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • I have one dreary, cold room, as unlike this as two rooms can be.

British Dictionary definitions for unlike

unlike

/ʌnˈlaɪk/
adjective
1.
not alike; dissimilar or unequal; different
2.
(archaic) unlikely
preposition
3.
not like; not typical of: unlike his father, he lacks intelligence
Derived Forms
unlikeness, noun
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Word Origin and History for unlike
adj.

c.1200, "not resembling," from un- (1) "not" + like (adj.). Cf. Old English ungelic, Old Frisian unlik, Old Norse ulikr, Middle Danish ulige.

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