contradistinction

[kon-truh-di-stingk-shuh n]

noun

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

Nearby words

  1. contradiction,
  2. contradiction in terms,
  3. contradictious,
  4. contradictive,
  5. contradictory,
  6. contradistinguish,
  7. contrafactual,
  8. contrafissura,
  9. contraflow,
  10. contragestive

Origin of contradistinction

First recorded in 1640–50; contra-1 + distinction

Related formscon·tra·dis·tinc·tive, adjectivecon·tra·dis·tinc·tive·ly, adverb

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British Dictionary definitions for contradistinction

contradistinction

noun

a distinction made by contrasting different qualities
Derived Formscontradistinctive, adjectivecontradistinctively, adverb

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Word Origin and History for contradistinction

contradistinction

n.

1640s, from contra- + distinction.

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