# How to denote similar-to(∼) symbol in LaTeX?

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 :

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