- 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
Can be confusedapposition opposition
Examples from the Web for oppositional
The problem with being really satisfied with an oppositional strategy is that it makes it awfully hard to be for something.
I was never diagnosed with disorders like Oppositional Defiant Disorder or Asperger's Syndrome.
After a battery of psychological tests, Sean had been diagnosed with oppositional defiant disorder.Should Juvenile Criminals Be Sentenced Like Adults?|Clark Merrefield|November 26, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Or it can fall victim to the minefield of oppositional street politics.Occupy Oakland’s Violent Turn Proves the Movement Has Lost Its Way|Christopher Haugh|January 30, 2012|DAILY BEAST
You could manifest the qualities of oppositional defiance as early as three or four, I guess.'We Need To Talk About Kevin': Do Inherently Evil Kids Exist?|Marlow Stern|December 11, 2011|DAILY BEAST
The oppositional Evening Journal has missed a capital opportunity of weeping over the barbarity of the soldateska.
Thereupon the oppositional elements increased in numbers and displayed a marked combative disposition.The Inside Story Of The Peace Conference|Emile Joseph Dillon
Oppositional splendour is there, and the stained radiance of a Bachian chorale.Unicorns|James Huneker
To this normal state of oppositional contraction the name "muscular tonicity" is given.The Psychology of Singing|David C. Taylor
British Dictionary definitions for oppositional
- 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