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contrastive adj
1 of words so related that one contrasts with the other; "`rich' and `hard-up' are contrastive terms" [syn: incompatible]
2 strikingly different; tending to contrast; "contrasting (or contrastive) colors" [syn: contrasting]
3 syntactically establishing a relationship of contrast between sentences or elements of a sentence; "disjunctive conjunctions like `but', `or', or `though' serve a contrastive function"
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