is an adjective (animals as unlike as the bear and the lion), and a preposition meaning ‘dissimilar to’ (a journey unlike any other). Informally it is used as a quasi-adverb in constructions involving a following preposition:

• Unlike with fax messages you can edit and re-use the text of e-mails once they arrive on your computer —Times, 1998.

In more formal contexts, combinations such as this can usually be replaced by alternatives such as in contrast to or as distinct from, or unlike without with. The form unalike, in the same way as alike, is an adjective only and is always used predicatively, i.e. with a linking verb (realized how unalike we were).

Modern English usage. 2014.


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  • unlike — c.1200, not resembling, from UN (Cf. un ) (1) not + LIKE (Cf. like). Cf. O.E. ungelic, O.Fris. unlik, O.N. ulikr, M.Da. ulige …   Etymology dictionary

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  • unlike — 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 …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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