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1. Containing or forming a contrast; contrasting.
2. Linguistics
a. Capable of distinguishing meaning; being in opposition: a phonological feature that is contrastive in one language but not in another.
b. Pertaining to the study of structural contrasts: contrastive analysis.

con·tras′tive·ly adv.
con·tras′tive·ness n.


(kənˈtræs tɪv)

1. tending to contrast; contrasting.
2. of or pertaining to the study of the similarities and differences between languages or dialects without reference to their origins: contrastive analysis.
con•tras′tive•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.contrastive - of words so related that one contrasts with the other; "`rich' and `hard-up' are contrastive terms"
antonymous - of words: having opposite meanings
2.contrastive - strikingly different; tending to contrast; "contrasting (or contrastive) colors"
different - unlike in nature or quality or form or degree; "took different approaches to the problem"; "came to a different conclusion"; "different parts of the country"; "on different sides of the issue"; "this meeting was different from the earlier one"
3.contrastive - syntactically establishing a relation of contrast between sentences or elements of a sentence; "disjunctive conjunctions like `but', `or', or `though' serve a contrastive function"
grammar - the branch of linguistics that deals with syntax and morphology (and sometimes also deals with semantics)
disjunctive - serving or tending to divide or separate


[kənˈtrɑːstɪv] ADJ (Ling) → contrastivo


adjgegenüberstellend; (Ling) → kontrastiv


[kənˈtrɑːstɪv] adjcontrastivo/a
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Chafe, Wallace 1976 "Givenness, contrastiveness, definiteness, subject, topic and points of view", in: Charles Li (ed.
In addition to contrastiveness, the enclitic -mm may express different kinds of referentiality.
Some studies (Rochemont 1986; Herring 1990; Gundel 1999) have suggested that contrastiveness necessarily involves the focus status of the corresponding element, so that the contrastive focus forms a special subtype of focus.