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contradistinction

[kon-truh-di-stingk-shuh n] /ˌkɒn trə dɪˈstɪŋk ʃən/
noun
1.
distinction by opposition or contrast:
plants and animals in contradistinction to humans.
Origin
1640-1650
1640-50; contra-1 + distinction
Related forms
contradistinctive, adjective
contradistinctively, adverb
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  • In contradistinction, flower fairies are sufficiently evolved to be aware of their special work and to actually enjoy it.
British Dictionary definitions for contradistinction

contradistinction

/ˌkɒntrədɪˈstɪŋkʃən/
noun
1.
a distinction made by contrasting different qualities
Derived Forms
contradistinctive, adjective
contradistinctively, adverb
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Word Origin and History for contradistinction
n.

1640s, from contra- + distinction.

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