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binary opposition

noun, Linguistics.
1.
a relation between the members of a pair of linguistic items, as a pair of distinctive features, such that one is the absence of the other, as voicelessness and voice, or that one is at the opposite pole from the other, as stridency and mellowness.
Origin of binary opposition
1950-1955
First recorded in 1950-55
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