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Meaning of contrastive

con•tras•tive

Pronunciation: (kun-tras'tiv), [key]
— adj.
  1. tending to contrast; contrasting. contrastive colors.
  2. studying or exhibiting the congruences and differences between two languages or dialects without reference to their origins: contrastive linguistics.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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