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Definitions for contradistinguish
ˌkɒn trə dɪˈstɪŋ gwɪʃcon·tradis·tin·guish

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. contradistinguishverb

    distinguish by contrasting qualities


  1. contradistinguishverb

    To distinguish things by contrasting their different qualities.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary


    To distinguish not simply by differential but by opposite qualities.

    Etymology: from contra and distinguish.

    The primary ideas we have peculiar to body, as contradistinguished to spirit, are the cohesion of solid, and consequently separable parts, and a power of communicating motion by impulse. John Locke.

    These are our complex ideas of soul and body, as contradistinguished. John Locke.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Contradistinguish

    to distinguish by a contrast of opposite qualities

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of contradistinguish in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of contradistinguish in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3


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    an outward semblance that misrepresents the true nature of something
    • A. disguise
    • B. plantation
    • C. humility
    • D. cycling

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