from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The quality of being distinct or unlike; difference.
  • noun A point of distinction or difference. synonym: difference.

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun not similar in appearance to something else

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

  • noun the quality of being dissimilar


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dis- +‎ similarity


  • 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.

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


  • 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 ..

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

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