[kon-truh-di-stingk-shuh n]


distinction by opposition or contrast: plants and animals in contradistinction to humans.

Origin of contradistinction

First recorded in 1640–50; contra-1 + distinction
Related formscon·tra·dis·tinc·tive, adjectivecon·tra·dis·tinc·tive·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for contradistinction



a distinction made by contrasting different qualities
Derived Formscontradistinctive, adjectivecontradistinctively, adverb
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Word Origin and History for contradistinction

1640s, from contra- + distinction.

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