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A word I know exists is escaping me right now and I'm hoping one of you can help. I'm looking for the word to replace X in the sentence:

"The skills of person A and those of person B are not X."

E.g person A has a lot of the same skills as person B but not completely the same. The items in group A and group B are not identical but they do share commonalities.

Thank you in advance!

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  • Are you thinking of redundant?
    – Jim
    May 13, 2016 at 4:04

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You can try to fit overlapping, from overlap, in your sentence by rephrasing it.

 If two or more things overlap, they have some parts or features that are the same.

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You could say

The skills of person A and those of person B are not identical

or you could change it to a positive statement with overlap as in

The skills of person A and those of person B overlap.

Per Merriam-Webster:

to have parts that are the same as parts of something else

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Since you have given "The items in group A and group B are not identical but they do share commonalities.", I would say, the items are similar. It basically means that the items have resemblances in nature or appearance.

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  • The word in question is supposed to replace X in "The skills of person A and those of person B are not X." If you use "similar," you are saying they are not similar. Do you mean "not unsimilar"?
    – user66965
    May 13, 2016 at 4:32
  • Ah! I just gave an explanation based on the example. I think it should be dissimilar. May 13, 2016 at 4:54

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