I am not a native English speaker and currently writing on a scientific journal. In my paper, I want to explain a fundamental difference when comparing my idea with other methods. I need a synonym for "different". I would like to make my presentation precise and concise, so "fundamentally different" seems not the optimal option. Any specific word/phase can express the difference in terms of their essence or principle?
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The word often used in technical documents is contrast.
In contrast to the mostly hot and arid climate of Arizona, and the hot and humid discomfort of southern Texas, western Oregon is cool and imbued with lots of rain.
Title of this evening's discussion: Contrasting the differences between capitalism and communism.
I would like to place the ion migration patterns of bipolar junction in contrast to the MOS field effect channel.
Anna and Angela provide a startling contrast between a working mother and a care-free socialite.
Another term used is distinct
- distinctive differences/advantages/features
- There are distinct advantages of derivative financial instruments in comparison to the usual stock and bonds investment strategies.
If "fundamentally different" seems not the optimal option for you then the word you are looking for is distinct; distinguished as not being the same; not identical; separate (sometimes followed by from).
2. different in nature or quality; dissimilar (sometimes followed by from).
3. clear to the senses or intellect; plain; unmistakable.
4. distinguishing or perceiving clearly.
5. unquestionably exceptional or notable.
Depending on what you're discussing, diametrically opposite or simply diametric is one of my favorites.
2 : completely opposed : being at opposite extremes [in diametric contradiction to his claims]
Sounds like you 'took / used a different / new / novel / alternative / divergent / -insert suitable adjective- approach' to problem modeling.
If you change the idea behind the normal way to solve a problem, you take a different approach to it.