[ dih-sim-uh-lar-i-tee, dis-sim- ]
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noun,plural dis·sim·i·lar·i·ties.
  1. unlikeness; difference.

  2. a point of difference: There are dissimilarities in our outlooks.

Origin of dissimilarity

First recorded in 1695–1705; dis-1 + similarity

synonym study For dissimilarity

1. See difference.

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How to use dissimilarity in a sentence

  • Here we are everywhere beset by diversities, multiplicities and dissimilarities.

    The Mystery of Space | Robert T. Browne
  • These dissimilarities exist between individuals down to the lowest of our sensations.

  • The dissimilarities that are inferred from peculiarities of physical form are neutralised by undeniable affinities of speech.

    The Ethnology of Europe | Robert Gordon Latham
  • Where there are more than one of the same man, they invite comparison to notice their accordances or their dissimilarities.

    Wintering in the Riviera | William Miller

British Dictionary definitions for dissimilarity


/ (ˌdɪsɪmɪˈlærɪtɪ) /

nounplural -ties
  1. difference; unlikeness

  2. a point or instance of difference

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