I. adjective Date: 13th century not like: as a. marked by lack of resemblance ; different <
the two books are quite unlike
b. marked by inequality ; unequal <
contributed unlike amounts
unlikeness noun II. preposition Date: circa 1592 not like: as a. different from <
a landscape unlike any other
b. not characteristic of <
it was unlike him to be late
c. in a different manner from <
spoke clearly, unlike the others
III. conjunction Date: 1949 in a manner that is different than ; not as Usage: The use of unlike as a conjunction is less common than conjunctive use of like and, while criticized, is not as frequently cited as an error. The conjuctive unlike almost always introduces a prepositional phrase <
unlike in other areas, the judiciary cannot justify its attempt…as a necessary evil — Alexandra M. Walsh, Stanford Law Review
. In spite of criticism, this conjunctive use of unlike is well established in both American and British English.

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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