n. in language and thought, refers to a pair of terms which are related in concept but opposite in meaning. It also applies to words with similar sounds yet different phonemes. Thus, there exist the opposites of up-down, left-right, on-off, voiced-unvoiced, etc. See binary pair- also binary system- binary opposition.

BINARY FEATURE: "As a feature of language, the binary feature shows a contrast between words with similar sounds but their own distinct phoneme. "
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