Definition of dissimilar in English:



  • Not the same; different.

    ‘a collection of dissimilar nations lacking overall homogeneity’
    ‘the pleasures of the romance novel are not dissimilar from those of the chocolate bar’
    • ‘In a way, it isn't too dissimilar to the intellectual property conventions that exist for video games.’
    • ‘He should be the bad guy but we find ourselves wondering if our choices wouldn't be too dissimilar given the circumstances.’
    • ‘And I think that we found that they are not as dissimilar as they seem on the face of it.’
    • ‘Perhaps that's not dissimilar to most teenagers, but naturally I can only speak for myself and my behaviour.’
    • ‘We know that dissimilar production systems produce goods with very different quality characteristics.’
    • ‘In gratitude, for his debut feature film, he has written, directed and composed the music for a story not dissimilar to his own.’
    • ‘Proportional representation may allow something not wholly dissimilar to develop in Iraq.’
    • ‘When opened, though, the two volumes could not be more dissimilar.’
    • ‘Its flesh is pleasantly gelatinous and not dissimilar to scallop.’
    • ‘These days it's a holiday destination not too dissimilar to Brighton.’
    • ‘She and her seven students were so dissimilar that under ordinary circumstances they might never have been friends.’
    • ‘One pair was even found to be as dissimilar as prints from different people.’
    • ‘The design does not seem to be so dissimilar from what happened during the initial phase of the Nazi regime in Germany.’
    • ‘Although they are generalized propositions, principles are dissimilar from rules.’
    • ‘The result is that the same or similar marks can be owned by different proprietors in respect of dissimilar goods or businesses.’
    • ‘It would be hard to think of two European nations more dissimilar, historically, than the Italians and the Scots.’
    • ‘I tend to read two dissimilar books in parallel, and sense for links.’
    • ‘But we're assured dolphin is a kind of Bajan fish not dissimilar to tuna.’
    • ‘Different geographical areas connect to the debates on globalisation in dissimilar ways.’
    • ‘They are playing in not too dissimilar ways, to how they were playing in the 2000 Olympics.’
    different, differing, unlike, unalike, varying, variant, various, diverse, heterogeneous, disparate, unrelated, distinct, contrasting, contradictory, poles apart
    divergent, mismatched, inconsistent
    like chalk and cheese
    divers, myriad
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Late 16th century: from dis- (expressing reversal) + similar, on the pattern of Latin dissimilis, French dissimilaire.