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

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contrastively adverb

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While climbing a Martian mountain, NASA's Curiosity rover has come across a crater capable of creating contrastive chemical environments. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Findings in Crater Good Sign for Habitability on Mars," 14 Dec. 2016 The group with contrastive analysis not only discovered something about English. The Economist, "JohnsonThe importance of proper and improper English," 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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an act or instance of returning to life

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