from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Fundamentally distinct or different in kind; entirely dissimilar: "This mixture of apparently disparate materials—scandal and spiritualism, current events and eternal recurrences—is not promising on the face of it” ( Gary Wills).
- adj. Containing or composed of dissimilar or opposing elements: a disparate group of people who represented a cross section of the city.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Composed of inherently different or distinct elements; incongruous.
- adj. Essentially different; of different species, unlike but not opposed in pairs; also, less properly, utterly unlike; incapable of being compared; having no common genus.
- n. Any of a group of unequal or dissimilar things.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Unequal; dissimilar; separate.
- adj. Pertaining to two coördinate species or divisions.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Essentially different; of different species, unlike but not opposed in pairs; also, less properly, utterly unlike; incapable of being compared; having no common genus.
- n. One of two or more things or characters of different species; something that is opposite but not contrary.
- In the psychology of sensation, belonging to or derived from different senses (said of sensations); appealing to different senses (said of stimuli).
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. including markedly dissimilar elements
- adj. fundamentally different or distinct in quality or kind
Latin disparātus, past participle of disparāre, to separate : dis-, apart; see dis- + parāre, to prepare; see perə-1 in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin disparātus, past participle of disparāre ("to divide"), from dis- ("apart") + parāre ("to make equal"), from par ("equal") (Wiktionary)