- 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.
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Examples from the Web for oppositions
Not exactly standard political MO for oppositions; not entirely inexplicable either.
These are three of 10 reasons the writers at the progressive blog Firedoglake give for their oppositions to the bill.
There are, besides, agreeable tints, compounded of the oppositions of extremes.Lectures on Language|William S. Balch
For him the oppositions and contradictions of life are too real and persistent.Rudolph Eucken|Abel J. Jones
Its synodical period is such that it has three oppositions in seven years.
Shakespeare is no Absolute Divinity, reconciling all oppositions and transcending all limitations.Visions and Revisions|John Cowper Powys
How if this unity prove to be the law of which the oppositions are but one clause?Modern Society|Julia Ward Howe
British Dictionary definitions for oppositions
- 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