black-and-white (blăk′ən-wīt, -hwīt)
1. Partially black and partially white: a black-and-white cow.
2. Being in writing or print: black-and-white proof.
a. Rendered in black and white or in achromatic colors: a black-and-white drawing.
b. Of or relating to the reproduction or presentation of visual images in black and white: black-and-white television; black-and-white photography.
4. Expressing, recognizing, or based on two mutually exclusive sets of ideas or values: black-and-white categories; a black-and-white point of view.
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