contrastive

The adjective contrastive means "showing the difference between two things when you compare them" — like a contrastive analysis of American and British English.

To contrast two things is to think about how they are different. So, the adjective contrastive is used to describe things that differ from one another. Contrastive colors in a painting can create an interesting image, while contrasting personalities can spark a feud. In language, contrastive words show contrast between two parts of a sentence; words like but and though are examples.

Primary Meanings of contrastive

1.
adj
strikingly different; tending to contrast
2.
adj
of words so related that one contrasts with the other
Full Definitions of contrastive
1

adj strikingly different; tending to contrast

Synonyms:
contrasting
different
unlike in nature, quality, form, or degree
2

adj of words so related that one contrasts with the other

“`rich' and `hard-up' are contrastive terms”
Synonyms:
incompatible
antonymous
of words: having opposite meanings

adj syntactically establishing a relation of contrast between sentences or elements of a sentence

“disjunctive conjunctions like `but', `or', or `though' serve a contrastive function”
Synonyms:
disjunctive
serving or tending to divide or separate

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