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[dih-sim-uh-ler, dis-sim-]
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  1. not similar; unlike; different.
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Origin of dissimilar

First recorded in 1615–25; dis-1 + similar
Related formsdis·sim·i·lar·ly, adverb


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Historical Examples

  • 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.

  • 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


  1. not alike; not similar; different
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Derived Formsdissimilarly, 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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