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View synonyms for contrastive

contrastive

[ kuhn-tras-tiv ]

adjective

  1. tending to contrast; contrasting. contrastive colors.
  2. studying or exhibiting the congruences and differences between two languages or dialects without reference to their origins:

    contrastive linguistics.



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Other Words From

  • con·trastive·ly adverb
  • uncon·trastive adjective
  • uncon·trastive·ly adverb

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Word History and Origins

Origin of contrastive1

First recorded in 1810–20; contrast + -ive

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Example Sentences

There is also a phoneme of stress which has a very low contrastive function.

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contrastcontrastive stress