- different, dissimilar, or unequal; not alike: They contributed unlike sums to charity.
- dissimilar to; different from: She is unlike my sister in many ways.
- not typical or characteristic of: It is unlike her to enjoy herself so much.
- a person or thing differing from another or others.
Origin of unlike
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Examples from the Web for unlike
Unlike the Soviet Union at a certain period in history, the Russian economy does not hold a candle to that of the United States.Oliver Stone’s Latest Dictator Suckup
January 5, 2015
Unlike former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, Huckabee is not immediately forming an exploratory committee.Can Huckabee Convert the GOP’s Moneymen?
January 4, 2015
Unlike the characters he plays, men who came from nowhere and, as he himself puts it, “go home to nobody.”The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile
January 3, 2015
Ironically, unlike Dukakis and apparently Paul, Bill Clinton and Al Gore had each “read the memo” back in the day.GOP Won’t Forgive Rand for Cop Critique
December 23, 2014
Unlike any other show, no relationship is idealized above any other.What On Earth Is ‘The Affair’ About? Season One’s Baffling Finale
December 22, 2014
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
Garson answered with a note of weariness that was unlike him.Within the Law
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.Quaint Courtships
- not alike; dissimilar or unequal; different
- archaic unlikely
- not like; not typical ofunlike his father, he lacks intelligence
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Word Origin and History for unlike
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