Similar-to symbol is a logical-mathematical symbol denoted by

. Latex stores more than one command and package that represents a similar-to symbol.**∼**

Symbol | Similar to |
---|---|

Type | Logical |

Package | Default |

Command | \sim |

Example | `\sim` → ∼ |

```
\documentclass{article}
\begin{document}
\[ a \sim b \]
\[ p \sim q \]
\end{document}
```

**Output :**

The best practice is to use the direct `\sim`

command without installing any packages.

And multiple logical symbols are used with the similar-to symbol. Such as equal, gatearthan, lessthen etc.

```
\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{amssymb,amsmath}
\begin{document}
\[ \begin{matrix}
\lesssim & \gtrsim & \succsim\\[6pt]
\backsim & \simeq & \backsimeq\\[6pt]
\nsim & \lnsim & \gnsim
\end{matrix}\]
\end{document}
```

**Output :**