1. appearing dissimilar by comparison






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contrasting colours/personalities/behaviour

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When something is contrasting it means it is different in comparison to something else, usually in a noticeable or apparent way. You can have contrasting opinions, flavours or colours for example. This is a useful adjective to describe differences. Used in social and professional contexts. 

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  1. The contrasting colours in the painting created a very nice effect.
  2. The partnership was difficult because the two people had contrasting personalities.
  3. The two children got on very well outside school, despite their contrasting behaviour in class.

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  1. It is often productive to get people with contrasting views and ideas together to work on creative solutions.
  2. The results of the tests are contrasting. We will have to repeat the experiment again.

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