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Examples from the Web for distinctive
He reminisces about the features of Texas life that make Texas its own, distinctive community.Will Texas Stay Texan?
December 29, 2014
He explains that these casks play a huge role “in the distinctive character of the final whisky.”How Much Do Whisky Casks Really Affect Taste?
December 10, 2014
There are also multiple vectors of cool, each defined by distinctive attire.Sneer and Clothing in Miami: Inside The $3 Billion Woodstock of Contemporary Art
December 6, 2014
Her distinctive shredding can also sound very disturbed, and the more disturbed, the better.Is Bigger Better for St. Vincent?
December 4, 2014
Poking out of the shiny gold pages is a “distinctive silk marker”—also gold—which “complements the color of the leather.”Rand Paul’s Many Leather-Bound Books
November 27, 2014
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.Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 2
Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
She was speaking again with that mental clarity which was distinctive in her.Within the Law
The absence of distinctive dress has, no doubt, something to do with it.The Uncommercial Traveller
There were other Sinn Feiners with him, but he was the most distinctive.Changing Winds
St. John G. Ervine
- serving or tending to distinguish
- 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
Word Origin and History for distinctive
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.