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EtymologyEdit

contra- +‎ distinction

PronunciationEdit

  • (US) IPA(key): /ˌkɒntrədɪˈstɪŋkʃn̩/
  • Hyphenation: con‧tra‧dis‧tinc‧tion

NounEdit

contradistinction ‎(plural contradistinctions)

  1. Distinction by contrast; the provision of one example against which another example may be defined.
    We used hamburgers and soda in contradistinction to healthy food.
  2. The quality of being contradistinctive.

Usage notesEdit

  • Found normally in the phrase in contradistinction to, contradistinction focuses on the contrasting attributes of two similar concepts and may be more emphatic than distinction.

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