con·​tras·​tive | \ kən-ˈtra-stiv How to pronounce contrastive (audio) , ˈkän-ˌtra- How to pronounce contrastive (audio) \

Definition of contrastive

: forming or consisting of a contrast

Other Words from contrastive

contrastively adverb

Examples of contrastive in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The two women, mostly onstage together, occupy the zones separately, their contrastive presences balanced: Ms. Beiser hot and more sedentary, Ms. Whelan cool but mobile. Brian Seibert, New York Times, 1 Aug. 2019 While climbing a Martian mountain, NASA's Curiosity rover has come across a crater capable of creating contrastive chemical environments. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, 14 Dec. 2016 The group with contrastive analysis not only discovered something about English. The Economist, 2 Nov. 2017

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First Known Use of contrastive

1841, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of contrastive was in 1841

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“Contrastive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Nov. 2021.

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