gradable antonyms
Definition - Antonyms that represent the opposite ends of a continuum.

Notes:
1. As opposed to binary antonyms, such as true and false, which have an all-or-nothing quality.

Example -
As small and big form part of a continuum, you can say that something is smaller or bigger.

However, binary antonyms, such as true and false, are not part of a continuum, so you can't logically say that something is truer or falser than another thing — but in fact people do this all the time and have no trouble getting their meaning across.)

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