How is called the property of phonemes due to which one minimal pair is enough to establish the phonemic status of a sound?

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    The principle is called contrast. Two sounds that contrast are distinct phonemes; otherwise no one could tell them apart and they would not contrast. Phonemes contrast is certainly true, and arguably primal. – jlawler Nov 30 '17 at 22:46
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    I wouldn't call contrast a principle, rather, it's a property sometimes held by two sounds in a language. – user6726 Nov 30 '17 at 22:51

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