- the relation between two propositions that have the same subject and predicate, but which differ in quantity or quality, or in both.
- the relation between two propositions in virtue of which the truth or falsity of one of them determines the truth or falsity of the other.
- the relationship between any two alternative units within a linguistic system, especially between minimally distinct phonemes.
- the feature that constitutes the difference between two such units.
Origin of opposition
Examples from the Web for opposition
The opposition responded with a month-long Occupy Abay (like Occupy Wall St) campaign, in which Udaltsov was one of key figures.
Other journalists and opposition activists languish in prison on similar charges.
Some of them, including Kurnosova, escaped the country as they faced a possible jail term for their opposition activity.
In that case the device was to put the genius in opposition to a majority of established cultural tastes and codes.
It reflects both the anger provoked by the senseless violence two days earlier, and the growing confidence of the opposition.
As the Will may assume in the absence of such affirmations, and in the direction of them, so it may in opposition to them.Doctrine of the Will|Asa Mahan
The attempted suppression of his trade by the Egyptian Government drove him naturally into opposition.The River War|Winston S. Churchill
Every obstacle creates confusion, speedily converted into panic by opposition.Destruction and Reconstruction:|Richard Taylor
This Act once more united in opposition the nobles and the preachers; since 1596 they had not been in harmony.A Short History of Scotland|Andrew Lang
Not being expected at that time of year, they met with no opposition.Retrospect of Western Travel, Volume II (of 2)|Harriet Martineau
British Dictionary definitions for opposition
- the opposition a political party or group opposed to the ruling party or government
- (capital as part of a name, esp in Britain and other Commonwealth countries)Her Majesty's Loyal Opposition
- in opposition (of a political party) opposing the government
- the position of an outer planet or the moon when it is in line or nearly in line with the earth as seen from the sun and is approximately at its nearest to the earth
- the position of two celestial bodies when they appear to be diametrically opposite each other on the celestial sphereCompare conjunction (def. 4)
- the relation between propositions having the same subject and predicate but differing in quality, quantity, or both, as with all men are wicked; no men are wicked; some men are not wicked
- square of opposition a diagram representing these relations with the contradictory propositions at diagonally opposite corners