Contradistinction (noun)

The state or relationship of being in opposition or contrast to something else.


Early 17th century: from contra- "against" + distinction, on the model of french contre-distinction.


  1. In contradistinction to her earlier work, her latest novel is more experimental.
  2. The new theory represents a contradistinction to the old one that was proposed.
  3. The two paintings are in contradistinction to each other, one is dark and the other is light.
  4. The new product is a contradistinction to the old one, it is more advanced and efficient.
  5. The new proposal is in contradistinction to the previous one, it is more sustainable.
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