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noncontrastive

[ non-kuhn-tras-tiv ]
/ ˌnɒn kənˈtræs tɪv /
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adjective
Linguistics. in complementary distribution; in free variation.
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Origin of noncontrastive

First recorded in 1960–65; non- + contrastive
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