Can I use "looks like" for non-physical attributes?

For example:

My father looks like my mother. They are both very kind.

  • In some contexts it is fine to use "looks like" to mean "seems like", for example "It looks like I'll be working late tonight".
    – nnnnnn
    May 29 '16 at 3:51
  • @nnnnnn That was my first thought too when I read the question, but I can't seem to think up examples other than with he abstract "It".
    – Mr Lister
    May 29 '16 at 7:00

From your statement i understand that:

My father looks like my mother

They are physically similar in appearance, shape etc

They are both very kind

They both have the same attribute of being kind

If you want to describe the mother and father being similar in a non-physical way, you would say: "My father is like my mother" (Implies they have similar ideas/beliefs)
In order to specify that they are both kind, you would say: "My father is like my mother, they are both kind"


Comparison in people's appearance is made with the verb look (but there are other structures as well).

He looks like his father. He is tall and slim.(We speak about similarly).

Kind describes character. We use be to compare people's character.

He is like his father.He is very kind.

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