black-or-white

adjective

Definition of black-or-white

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  • … a simple but powerful idea that throws a wrench of complexity into the usual black-or-white arguments over free trade.
  • —Michael PollanMother JonesMay/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 Intervention2007
  • Applications generally embody black-or-white choices bound by rigid logic …
  • —Steve DitleaPC ComputingMay 1994
  • Diagnoses are not always clear-cut, black-or-white propositions. There are many that include gray areas.
  • —Paul G. DonohueSpringfield (Massachusetts) Daily News20 June 1986

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First Known Use of black-or-white

1979


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