[ dis-per-it, dih-spar- ]
/ ˈdɪs pər ɪt, dɪˈspær- /


distinct in kind; essentially different; dissimilar: disparate ideas.

Origin of disparate

1580–90; < Latin disparātus separated (past participle of disparāre), equivalent to dis- dis-1 + par(āre) to prepare (see pare) + -ātus -ate1

Related forms

Can be confused

desperate disparate
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British Dictionary definitions for disparate


/ (ˈdɪspərɪt) /


utterly different or distinct in kind


(plural) unlike things or people

Derived Forms

disparately, adverbdisparateness, noun

Word Origin for disparate

C16: from Latin disparāre to divide, from dis- 1 + parāre to prepare; also influenced by Latin dispar unequal
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