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[kon-truh-di-stingk-shuh n] /ˌkɒn trə dɪˈstɪŋk ʃən/

distinction by opposition or contrast:
plants and animals in contradistinction to humans.
a distinction made by contrasting different qualities

1640s, from contra- + distinction.


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