Definition of black–or–white
: 1black-and-white 5 … a simple but powerful idea that throws a wrench of complexity into the usual black-or-white arguments over free trade. — Michael Pollan, Mother Jones, May/June 2003 Studies suggest that suicidal individuals tend to categorize events or experiences into polar extremes. They rigidly adopt an absolutist, black-or-white perspective and experience difficulty acknowledging nuances, subtleties, or relativistic alternatives. — Mark A. Reinecke et al., Cognitive-Behavioral Strategies in Crisis Intervention, 2007 Applications generally embody black-or-white choices bound by rigid logic … — Steve Ditlea, PC Computing, May 1994 Diagnoses are not always clear-cut, black-or-white propositions. There are many that include gray areas. — Paul G. Donohue, Springfield (Massachusetts) Daily News, 20 June 1986
Join MWU now and get access to America’s largest dictionary, with:
- 300,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
- Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
- Advanced search features
- Ad free!
First Known Use of black–or–white
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up black–or–white? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).