Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The quality of being distinct or unlike; difference.
  • n. A point of distinction or difference. See Synonyms at difference.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. not similar in appearance to something else

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Want of resemblance; unlikeness; dissimilitude; variety.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Unlikeness; want of resemblance; dissimilitude; difference: as, the dissimilarity of faces or voices.
  • n. Synonyms Diversity, etc. See difference.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the quality of being dissimilar

Etymologies

dis- +‎ similarity (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Later that evening he defined this dissimilarity from the American girl as the result not only of her French blood but of her European training, her quiet secluded girlhood in a provincial town of great beauty, where she had received a leisurely education rare in the United States, seen or read little of the great world (she had visited Paris only twice and briefly), her mind charmingly developed by conscientious tutors.

    The Avalanche

  • Edward Glaeser used the most common measure of segregation - called the dissimilarity index - to determine the mixing of races since 1970.

    NYDN Rss

  • Briefly, this script creates 1000 random permutations of the matrix of environmental variables and compares these with the real protein expression dissimilarity matrix.

    Naturejobs - All Jobs

  • This parameter was named the "dissimilarity" parameter for the more general case of an arbitrary input

    PLoS ONE Alerts: New Articles

  • Even more shocking is the material dissimilarity between rural areas and Havana.

    Thor Halvorssen: Yoani Sánchez Forbidden by Cuba to Collect Her Award; CEPOS Freedom Prize Presented in Absentia

  • A Christian who says rape is due to irreligion and materialism (in the sensual meaning) says there is dissimilarity of rates of rape between Christian and nonchristian societies, or between churched and unchurched areas; that rape is motivated by sexual desire; that rape is higher in areas with more masturbation and pornography and unwholesomely dressed or improperly behaving women ..

    Bukiet on Brooklyn Books

  • Though both shows are very smart, the dissimilarity is one of the reasons I like it.

    William Bradley: A Welcome Blast From the New Doctor Who

  • It was similarity more than dissimilarity that troubled the Jew haters.133 The Eastern Jews advertised their allegiance and could be avoided.

    Bloodlust

  • In his shift More exemplifies the mechanism by which religious affinity, not dissimilarity, engenders animus.

    Bloodlust

  • Using a black "dissimilarity index" to measure how a region's African-American makeup differs from the national percentage, the authors found that one standard deviation increase in this index -- when a community is slightly blacker than the nation as a whole -- increases the number of foreclosures by 15,028 and the foreclosure rate by 1.68 percentage points.

    Foreclosure Crisis Intensified Among Blacks: Study

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