adjective /ˈdɪsp(ə)rət/ˈdɪsp(ə)rɪt,ˈdɪsp(ə)rət,dɪˈspɛrət,dɪˈspærət/
a) Composed of inherently different or distinct elements; incongruous.

The board of the company was decidedly disparate – no two members from the same social or economic background.

b) Essentially different; of different species, unlike but not opposed in pairs; also, less properly, utterly unlike; incapable of being compared; having no common genus.
See Also: dispair, disparately, disparateness, disparity

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  • disparate — [ disparat ] adj. et n. f. • 1655; lat. disparatus « inégal » I ♦ Adj. Qui n est pas en accord, en harmonie avec ce qui l entoure; dont la diversité est choquante. ⇒ discordant, divers, hétéroclite, hétérogène. Couleurs, ornements disparates qui… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • disparate — 1. (di spa ra t ) s. f. Terme vieilli. Incartade, action capricieuse et déraisonnable. •   Quelle disparate je vais faire !, SÉV. 388. •   Ce sont ces disparates là qui font que je vous crains près de moi, MAINTENON Lettre à d Aubigné, 25 oct.… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • disparate — is in regular use in two main meanings, (1) ‘essentially different or diverse in kind’ (disparate cultures, disparate elements, disparate groups, disparate styles) and (2) ‘unequal’ (people of disparate ages / countries of disparate size). The… …   Modern English usage

  • disparate — sustantivo masculino 1. Cosa absurda, equivocada o irreflexiva: No decía más que disparates. Dejar al niño solo ha sido un dis parate. ¡Cómo lo vea por la calle, soy capaz de hacer un dis parate! 2. (no contable) Uso/registro: coloquial. Exceso,… …   Diccionario Salamanca de la Lengua Española

  • disparate — I adjective aberrant, atypical, clashing, conflicting, contradictory, contrasting, departing from, deviating, different, differentiated, differing, digressive, disagreeing, discordant, discrepant, disproportionate, dissimilar, distinct,… …   Law dictionary

  • disparate — DISPARATE. s. f. Mot emprunté de l Espagnol. Écart, inégalité, manque de rapport ou de suite dans la conduite ou, dans les discours. Quelle disparate! Étrange disparate. Il n y a point de disparates sans inégalités, mais il peut y avoir des… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie Française 1798

  • Disparate — Dis pa*rate, a. [L. disparatus, p. p. of disparare to part, separate; dis + parare to make ready, prepare.] 1. Unequal; dissimilar; separate. [1913 Webster] Connecting disparate thoughts, purely by means of resemblances in the words expressing… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • disparate — ► ADJECTIVE 1) essentially different in kind; not able to be compared. 2) containing elements very different from one another: a culturally disparate country. DERIVATIVES disparately adverb disparateness noun. ORIGIN from Latin disparare to… …   English terms dictionary

  • disparate — c.1600, unlike in kind, from L. disparatus, pp. of disparare divide, separate, from dis apart (see DIS (Cf. dis )) + parare get ready, prepare (see PARE (Cf. pare)); meaning influenced by L. dispar unequal, unlike. Relat …   Etymology dictionary

  • disparate — s. m. 1. Tolice; despropósito, desatino; absurdo. 2.  [Galicismo] Disparidade. 3.  [Brasil] Grande quantidade …   Dicionário da Língua Portuguesa

  • disparate — diverse, divergent, *different, various Analogous words: Unconsonant, incompatible, incongruous, discrepant, discordant, inconsistent: *distinct, separate Antonyms: comparable, analogous Contrasted words: similar, *like, parallel …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

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