Definition of Contrastive

1. Adjective. Of words so related that one contrasts with the other. "`rich' and `hard-up' are contrastive terms"

Exact synonyms: Incompatible
Similar to: Antonymous
Derivative terms: Contrast



2. Adjective. Strikingly different; tending to contrast. "Contrasting (or contrastive) colors"
Exact synonyms: Contrasting
Similar to: Different
Derivative terms: Contrast

3. Adjective. Syntactically establishing a relation of contrast between sentences or elements of a sentence. "Disjunctive conjunctions like `but', `or', or `though' serve a contrastive function"
Category relationships: Grammar
Similar to: Disjunctive

Definition of Contrastive

1. Adjective. contrasting ¹

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Definition of Contrastive

1. [adj]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Contrastive

contrast enhancement
contrast material
contrast media
contrast medium
contrast ratio
contrast sensitivity
contrast set
contrast stain
contrast transfer function
contrastable
contrasted
contrastimulant
contrastimulants
contrasting
contrastingly
contrastive (current term)
contrastively
contrastiveness
contrastivism
contrastivist
contrastivists
contrastivity
contrasts
contrasty
contrasuggestible
contrasuppressor cells
contrat
contrate
contratenor
contratenors

Literary usage of Contrastive

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The People's Bible: Discourses Upon Holy Scripture by Joseph Parker (1895)
"The Apostle is presenting a contrastive view of two systems under which it has ... As the method of argument is entirely antithetical and contrastive, ..."

2. The Alternative: A Study in Psychology by Edmund R. Clay (1882)
"Difference is divisible into that which is, and that which is not, contrastive. The difference between colours, that between odours, that between sounds, ..."

3. The Alternative: A Study in Psychology by Edmund R. Clay (1882)
"Difference is divisible into that which is, and that which is not, contrastive. The difference between colours, that between odours, that between sounds, ..."

4. Experimental Psychology: A Manual of Laboratory Practice by Edward Bradford Titchener (1901)
"In c and d we have a ' contrastive' association : the middle portion of c is overestimated, ... B gives a contrastive interspace illusion. ..."

5. Language: An Introduction to the Study of Speech by Edward Sapir (1921)
"... the contrastive perspective afforded by still more divergent languages, such as Basque and Finnish, will these vestigial resemblances receive their true ..."

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