polar opposition

noun Linguistics.

the relation between a pair of antonyms that denote relatively higher and lower degrees of a quality with respect to an explicit or implicit norm rather than absolute values, as the relation between tall and short or light and dark, but not between true and false.

Nearby words

  1. polar equation,
  2. polar front,
  3. polar lights,
  4. polar molecule,
  5. polar nucleus,
  6. polar orbit,
  7. polar outbreak,
  8. polar regions,
  9. polar sequence,
  10. polar star

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