Definition of contrastive in US English:



  • See contrast

    • ‘It's contrastive, and true at every point along the route.’
    • ‘The causal-explanatory mode of reasoning makes significant use of a particular kind of explanation, namely contrastive explanation.’
    • ‘These cultural thinking patterns are called contrastive rhetoric.’
    • ‘After the interviewees finished, we then asked open-ended questions meant to clarify contrastive reasoning and elicit narratives.’
    • ‘The author also draws on research on language attitudes, contrastive analysis of Navajo and English, and discourse strategies.’