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[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.
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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
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Related Words for contrastive

provisional, contrasting, disparate, distinct, distinctive, peculiar, offbeat, diverse, various, particular, distant, other, divergent, varied, diversified, differing, like, equivalent, relative, correlative