[ kuh n-tras-tiv ]
/ kənˈtræs tɪv /


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

Nearby words

  1. contrast,
  2. contrast bath,
  3. contrast enema,
  4. contrast medium,
  5. contrast stain,
  6. contrastive stress,
  7. contrasty,
  8. contrasuggestible,
  9. contrate,
  10. contravallation

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. 2019