adjective dis·pa·rate \ˈdis-p(ə-)rət, di-ˈsper-ət, -ˈspa-rət\

: different from each other

Full Definition of DISPARATE

:  containing or made up of fundamentally different and often incongruous elements
:  markedly distinct in quality or character
dis·pa·rate·ly adverb
dis·pa·rate·ness noun
dis·par·i·ty \di-ˈsper-ə-tē, -ˈspa-rə-\ noun

Examples of DISPARATE

  1. First during the nineteen-seventies, but with increasing momentum during the eighties, a loose community of physics researchers had begun to postulate that the disparate small particles that we learned about in high-school science class—electrons, for instance—were actually the varied vibrations of tiny open and closed looped strings. —Benjamin Wallace-Wells, New Yorker, 21 July 2008


Middle English desparat, from Latin disparatus, past participle of disparare to separate, from dis- + parare to prepare — more at pare
First Known Use: 15th century

Synonym Discussion of DISPARATE

different, diverse, divergent, disparate, various mean unlike in kind or character. different may imply little more than separateness but it may also imply contrast or contrariness <different foods>. diverse implies both distinctness and marked contrast <such diverse interests as dancing and football>. divergent implies movement away from each other and unlikelihood of ultimate meeting or reconciliation <went on to pursue divergent careers>. disparate emphasizes incongruity or incompatibility <disparate notions of freedom>. various stresses the number of sorts or kinds <tried various methods>.

Numerous commentators have condemned different than in spite of its use since the 17th century by many of the best-known names in English literature. It is nevertheless standard and is even recommended in many handbooks when followed by a clause, because insisting on from in such instances often produces clumsy or wordy formulations. Different from, the generally safe choice, is more common especially when it is followed by a noun or pronoun.
Medical Dictionary


adjective dis·pa·rate \dis-ˈpar-ət, ˈdis-p(ə-)rət\

Medical Definition of DISPARATE

:  indicating or stimulating dissimilar points on the retina of each eye


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