Origin of distinctive
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Examples from the Web for distinctiveness
Its distinctiveness arises from a key region, the frontal cortex, not being fully developed.The Daily Beast’s Best Longreads, July 26, 2014
The Daily Beast
July 26, 2014
But Massad is right in describing Zionism as being premised on Jewish distinctiveness.Establishing the 'Anti-Semitic' Roots of Zionism?
May 14, 2013
According to the 2005 “Jewish distinctiveness,” study, Jews are the most pro-choice ethnic or religious group in America, by far.Romney Lost the American Jewish Vote by Picking Paul Ryan
August 14, 2012
In late 2007 Romney traveled to Texas AM to soothe evangelicals with a speech that downplayed the distinctiveness of Mormonism.
And it is their distinctiveness that is influencing the broader culture.
It is the distinctiveness, not the universality of the truth, which renders it important.Modern Painters Volume I (of V)
By doing so he would augment his own dignity and the distinctiveness of his office.English Secularism
George Jacob Holyoake
Christians:asserting their distinctiveness, 271 ff.trying to conquer the Spirit, 122 ff.The Ego and His Own
Manning had what has been called "the ambition of distinctiveness."Collections and Recollections
George William Erskine Russell
What was gained in distinctness might have been lost in distinctiveness, and after all he did technically put us upon our guard.Essays on Life, Art and Science
- 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 distinctiveness
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.