[kuh n-tras-tiv]
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  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.

Origin of contrastive

First recorded in 1810–20; contrast + -ive
Related formscon·tras·tive·ly, adverbun·con·tras·tive, adjectiveun·con·tras·tive·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018