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distinctive

[dih-stingk-tiv] /dɪˈstɪŋk tɪv/
adjective
1.
serving to distinguish; characteristic; distinguishing:
the distinctive stripes of the zebra.
2.
having a special quality, style, attractiveness, etc.; notable.
Origin of distinctive
1575-1585
1575-85; < Medieval Latin distinctīvus, equivalent to Latin distinct(us) distinct + -īvus -ive
Related forms
distinctively, adverb
distinctiveness, noun
subdistinctive, adjective
subdistinctively, adverb
subdistinctiveness, noun
Can be confused
Synonyms
1. individual.
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  • The distinctive principle of the book was that the State had a conscience.

    The Grand Old Man Richard B. Cook
  • They have a distinctive flavor that is agreeable to most persons.

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  • She was speaking again with that mental clarity which was distinctive in her.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • The absence of distinctive dress has, no doubt, something to do with it.

    The Uncommercial Traveller Charles Dickens
  • There were other Sinn Feiners with him, but he was the most distinctive.

    Changing Winds

    St. John G. Ervine
British Dictionary definitions for distinctive

distinctive

/dɪˈstɪŋktɪv/
adjective
1.
serving or tending to distinguish
2.
denoting one of a set of minimal features of a phoneme in a given language that serve to distinguish it from other phonemes. The distinctive features of /p/ in English are that it is voiceless, bilabial, non-nasal, and plosive; /b/ is voiced, bilabial, non-nasal, and plosive: the two differ by the distinctive feature of voice
Derived Forms
distinctively, adverb
distinctiveness, noun
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Word Origin and History for distinctive
adj.

early 15c., from Old French distinctif and directly from Medieval Latin distinctivus, from Latin distinct-, past participle of distinguere (see distinguish). Meaning "markedly individual" is from 1580s. Related: Distinctively; distinctiveness.

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