Today I was trying to figure out an orthogonal word for "aesthetics", and was having a bit of trouble searching for it as "aesthetics orthogonal" and "aesthetics antonym" gave nothing useful—the latter just yielded synonyms to "ugly". (Didactic was the word I eventually settled on after coming up with it and double-checking the definition, but that's another issue)
"Orthogonal" would seem to be what I want, and as a scientist makes sense to me, but another question makes me think twice about using it in a broader context.
In short, what is the term for a word that would run along a different continuum that is perhaps related but distinct, for example:
- beauty vs. intelligence
- agility vs. power
- height vs. width