transitive verb Date: 1622 to distinguish by contrasting qualities

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

(by opposite qualities)

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  • Contradistinguish — Con tra*dis*tin guish (?; 144), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Contradistinguished}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Contradistinguishing}.] To distinguish by a contrast of opposite qualities. [1913 Webster] These are our complex ideas of soul and body, as… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • contradistinguish — index demarcate, distinguish Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • contradistinguish — [kän΄trədis tiŋ′gwish΄] vt. to distinguish (one thing from another) by contrasting …   English World dictionary

  • contradistinguish — /kon treuh di sting gwish/, v.t. to distinguish by contrasting opposite qualities. [1615 25; CONTRA 1 + DISTINGUISH] * * * …   Universalium

  • contradistinguish — verb To distinguish things by contrasting their different qualities. See Also: contradistinction …   Wiktionary

  • contradistinguish — v. distinguish by contrasting opposite qualities …   English contemporary dictionary

  • contradistinguish — v. a. Distinguish (by opposite qualities) …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • contradistinguish — con·tra·distinguish …   English syllables

  • contradistinguish — con•tra•dis•tin•guish [[t]ˌkɒn trə dɪˈstɪŋ gwɪʃ[/t]] v. t. to distinguish by contrasting opposite qualities • Etymology: 1615–25 …   From formal English to slang

  • contradistinguish — /kɒntrədəsˈtɪŋgwɪʃ/ (say kontruhduhs tinggwish) verb (t) to distinguish by contrasting opposite qualities …   Australian English dictionary

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