Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. contrasting

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of the nature of or arising from contrast; due to contrast.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. strikingly different; tending to contrast
  • adj. syntactically establishing a relation of contrast between sentences or elements of a sentence
  • adj. of words so related that one contrasts with the other

Etymologies

contrast +‎ -ive (Wiktionary)

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