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

  • transitive v. To distinguish by contrasting qualities.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To distinguish things by contrasting their different qualities.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To distinguish by a contrast of opposite qualities.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To distinguish not merely by differential, but by opposite qualities; discriminate by direct contrast.

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

  • v. distinguish by contrasting qualities


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