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