Meaning of black and white

black' and white'

Pronunciation: [key]
  1. black (def. 28).

black-and-white

Pronunciation: (blak'un-hwīt', -wīt'), [key]
— adj.
  1. displaying only black and white tones; without color, as a picture or chart: a black-and-white photograph.
  2. partly black and partly white; made up of separate areas or design elements of black and white: black-and-white shoes.
  3. of, pertaining to, or constituting a two-valued system, as of logic or morality; absolute: To those who think in black-and-white terms, a person must be either entirely good or entirely bad.
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